Former Tucson DEA agent pleads guilty to illegal gun sales

Updated: Aug. 14, 2018 at 1:19 PM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - A Tucson man who is a former supervisory special agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration pleaded guilty on Tuesday, Aug. 14, to illegally selling firearms without a Federal Firearms License.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, 42-year-old Joseph Michael Gill pleaded guilty in federal court in Tucson to one count of dealing in firearms without a license. He is scheduled for sentencing on Nov. 26. He faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a fine of $250,000.

Court documents state that Gill applied for and then withdrew his application for an FFL in December 2012. After withdrawing the application, Gill purchased firearms from licensed dealers and sold them online. An investigation by Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives found that Gill engaged in about 645 online transactions.

On June 12, 2016, Gill purchased three Colt .223/5.56 caliber rifles then sold two of them on July 27 and 28, 2016, to two people "who he had reason to believe intended to use or dispose of the firearms unlawfully," according to the plea agreement.

Gill resigned from the DEA on June 30, 2018.

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