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Calif. Hot Dog Vendor Sold Meth, Machine Guns

October 17, 2011  | 

A hot-dog vendor in San Jose, Calif., offered more than just mustard as a side item, selling machine guns and methamphetamine from an East Side stand, according to a Justice Department indictment.

Jose "Chepe" Gilberto Ortiz, 58, of San Jose, and Guillermo "El Gallo" Gonzalez Castillo, 23, of Los Angeles, have been arraigned in U.S. District Court in San Jose on charges of selling various weapons and drugs to an undercover officer.

Between April and September, the two suspects sold approximately 17 firearms, including a machine gun and a sawed off shotgun, to undercover officers of the San Jose Police Department. Ortiz is a convicted felon, and Castillo is an illegal immigrant.

The officers purchased two Smith & Wesson .357 revolvers for $700, as well as an AK-47 battle rifle and more than 800 rounds of ammunition for $1,400.

In one instance, Castillo delivered the weapons using a baby carriage that he wheeled to the undercover officer's car.

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Morning Eagle @ 10/17/2011 10:51 PM

So how did a convicted felon and an illegal alien obtain the arms in the first place? I thought the brilliant CA legislators and a succession of equally intelligent governors had passed so many laws prohibiting or severely restricting firearms possession that this kind of thing just couldn't happen. Further proof positive that laws only affect the law abiding, not outlaws.

Tom Ret @ 10/19/2011 4:28 PM

It would be ironic if some of the guns these guys were trying to sell came from the fast and furious operation supplied by ATF.

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