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Arms found in suburban Illinois storage unit allegedly linked to Mexican drug cartel gun running conspiracy

May 9, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Arms found in suburban Illinois storage unit allegedly linked to Mexican drug cartel gun running conspiracy

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Arms found in suburban Illinois storage unit allegedly linked to Mexican drug cartel gun running conspiracy

Illinois authorities say an investigation of an arms trafficking conspiracy led to the discovery of an arsenal of weapons linked to a Mexican drug cartel.

In newly obtained court documents obtained by the ABC7, police revealed that they had tracked down the arsenal storage locker in Elgin to a phony gun-buying conspiracy connected to a drug cartel in Mexico.

Authorities said the weapons stashed in a Public Storage unit were packaged and ready to be shipped across the border.

In court records, a federal detectives details how two of the rifles recovered were wrapped in “cellophane and newspaper” and encompassed with a “mixture of Windex and Chocolate Quik” — a blatant effort to avoid K9 detection during transportation across the border.

Prosecutors indicated that testimony shows that Favio Velazquez told police that he was working for a man who went by the nickname “Flaco” and graduated from collecting drug cash to buying guns for the “14 Brothers” cartel in Mexico.

In grand jury testimony, federal officials said Velazquez informed them that he would bring the firearms to “someone in Chicago” and then they’d be “distributed to Public Storage facilities through the Chicagoland area.”

Velazquez, Ira Burdine, and Dana Prouty have been charged in Kane County with Unlawful Purchase of firearms related to the gun stockpile.

They and the other defendants in the related cases have entered not guilty pleas.

After a hearing this week where his lawyer filed a motion to dismiss his charge – Burdine had nothing to say. Burdine used to work part-time at what was then called 1st Class Firearms in Zion. Federal officials say they tracked the guns in the storage unit there.

The owner of the storage unit, Craig Bricco told the I-Team Burdine was a friend of his family’s. “I’ve known him since he was a baby, he was the son of my best friend, I never watched him close, I didn’t know what he was doing,” Bricco stated.

One of the defendants in the case in California tied to the Elgin arsenal altered his plea to guilty this week to using his family-owned trucking business’ tractor-trailer to carry kilos of cocaine from California to Chicago for distribution.

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