CHICAGO — Two Chicago cousins face federal weapons charges for allegedly selling more than a dozen guns on the city’s South Side.
A U.S. attorney’s office statement Tuesday says 26-year-old Benjamin Vasquez Jr. is accused of selling 16 guns, including an AK-47.
A complaint says his 27-year-old cousin, Jorge Vasquez, has also been involved in selling guns. It cites a rifle he allegedly sold in Chicago’s West Englewood neighborhood earlier this year for $1,000.
Benjamin Vasquez Jr. was arrested this month on a charge of possessing a firearm with an altered serial number. It carries a maximum five-year prison term.
His cousin was arrested in July and charged with illegal possession of a firearm by a felon. That carries a maximum 10-year in prison sentence.
Messages left for their lawyers weren’t returned.