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July 15, 2016

Philadelphia men charged with selling 32 stolen guns

Firearms reportedly were pilfered from owners in Georgia, South Carolina and Pennsylvania

Federal authorities have charged three Philadelphia men with allegedly conducting 32 illegal gun sales.

Darien "Dirt" Thompson, 22; Omar Traik Davenport, 24; and Sekou Maliek Davenport, 21, allegedly sold guns that were reported stolen from homes and vehicles in Georgia, South Carolina and Pennsylvania. All three defendants are charged with dealing firearms without a license.

The defendants allegedly obtained the firearms in Georgia and transported them to Pennsylvania for sale, according to court documents released Friday by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

They allegedly sold the guns to a convicted felon prohibited from owning firearms and a pair of undercover officers from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The sales, which totaled $26,000, occurred between May 30, 2015, and Jan. 12, 2016, investigators said.

The gun sales mostly occurred outside of a residence near 55th and Webster streets in West Philadelphia, authorities said. A variety of firearms were sold, including 9mm-caliber pistols, .38-caliber special revolvers, .22-caliber handguns, a 7.65-caliber semiautomatic pistol and a .357 Magnum revolver.

Thompson and Omar Davenport were also charged with conspiracy, possession of a short-barreled rifle and interstate travel to further illegal firearm deals. Both Omar and Sekou Davenport were charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Thompson faces a maximum sentence of 55 years in prison if convicted of all charges. Omar Davenport faces 80 years in prison while Sekou Davenport faces a maximum of 50-year prison sentence.

ATF investigated the case alongside Philadelphia Police.