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Ex-DEA agent sentenced to probation for illegal gun sales

January 8, 2019

NOGALES, Ariz. (AP) — A former DEA agent in Arizona was sentenced to five years of probation after pleading guilty to selling firearms without a license.

The Arizona Daily Star reports 42-year-old Joseph Gill sold a Colt model M4LE 5.56-caliber semi-automatic rifle in July 2016 to a suspected drug trafficker, which came to light during a federal investigation of the drug-trafficking organization.

U.S. District Court records show Gill pleaded guilty in August to a felony charge of selling firearms without a license, with reason to believe the buyers of the rifles would use them unlawfully.

The first six months of Gill’s five years of probation will be served on home detention. Gill must pay a $15,000 fine and perform 500 hours of community service. Gill is prohibited from possessing a firearm.

Gill resigned from the DEA in June after 14 years with the agency.

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Information from: Arizona Daily Star, http://www.tucson.com

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