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Spring Hill man arrested as part of multi-state gun ring

SPRING HILL -- A nearly year-long investigation by the Hernando County Sheriff's Office and law enforcement officials in New York has broken up a gun-selling operation, authorities said Monday.

The Suffolk County District Attorney's office in New York announced the arrest of two men on charges of illegally trafficking in guns, some of which were bought in Florida and re-sold on Long Island.

A third suspect, Romel Garcia, was arrested on July 2 by Hernando County sheriff's deputies. When they served a search warrant on Garcia, 43, of 3114 Keeport Drive, Spring Hill, he charged a SWAT team member with a samurai sword and was subdued, a report states.

Romel Garcia was arrested in Hernando County on charges of possession of a stolen gun, possession of a defaced weapon, grand theft and aggravated assault of a police officer.

The two New York men - Romel's brother Carlos, 47, and 39-year-old Santos Garcia, no relation, are accused of buying and reselling 13 firearms.

Spring Hill man arrested as part of multi-state gun ring 07/12/10 [Last modified: Monday, July 12, 2010 5:51pm]
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