Marysville group indicted after selling firearms to undercover agent

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by LIZA JAVIER / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on July 10, 2013 at 12:16 PM

Four members of a gun trafficking ring in Snohomish County were arrested after being indicted for selling more than 50 firearms to an undercover agent.

The three men and one woman, all from Marysville, were arrested Wednesday morning. Heather Chancey, 34,  was charged in 14 counts of a 20 count indictment for gun and drug crimes. Mark Jenkins, 53, was charged with four counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm, and James Michaels, 37, and Curtis Van Putten, 43, are each charged with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

According to the indictment, Chancey and her co-conspirators sold guns to the undercover agent multiple times between October 2012 and January 2013. Most of the sales happened in the Tulalip Resort Casino parking lot, while others occurred in parking lots at various businesses in Marysville and Arlington or at a Marysville residence.

Some of the guns sold in the case included two sawed off shotguns, 13 regular shotguns, 21 rifles and four handguns. Many had no visible serial numbers.

"Ms. Chancey blatantly disregarded the safety of her community by distributing dangerous items indiscriminately," said Special Agent-in-Charge Laura M. Laughlin of the FBI Seattle office.  "Further, she often did so in broad daylight, in areas where we all live and play with our families.”

Chancey is also charged with distribution of methamphetamine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

The four were scheduled to make their initial appearance in court in Seattle at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.
 

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