FEDS ARREST THREE FORMER MARINES IN
ARMS SALE TO LOS ANGELES STREET GANG
ATF AGENTS SEIZE ARSENAL OF WEAPONS
FROM ADAM GITSCHLAG'S ORANGE COUNTY
HOME - VETERAN OF FIGHT FOR FALLUJAH
SAYS HE GUN COLLECTOR AND "PATRIOT"
DENIES CHARGES - INVESTIGATORS CLAIM
GITSCHLAG "RING LEADER" OF GUN SALE
PLOT - ALLEGED TO HAVE MET WITH GANG
LEADERS IN PASADENA PARKING LOT IN
JUNE - SAID TO HAVE OFFERED TWO CASES
OF AK-47 ASSAULT RIFLES TO LATINO GANG
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Three former Marines have been arrested in California, accused of attempting to sell illegal assault weapons to a Los Angeles street gang, authorities tell MilitaryCorruption.com. Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, along with military police and local cops, grabbed up alleged "ring leader" Adam Gitschlag, fellow USMC vets Jose Smith Pacheo of Montebello, Calif. and Miguel Ortiz of Northridge, Calif. in raids carried out last week.
The trio, along with two civilian associates, were charged with attempting to sell AK-47 assault rifles, illegal under California and Federal law.
Feds said the suspects met with gang leaders from Florencia 13, AKA "F-13," on June 23 in the parking lot behind the Pasadena, Calif post office. Gitschlag is alleged to have told the gang bosses that he could supply two cases of the Russian-made assault weapon in exchange for $6,000 cash, and could "get more" if wanted.
UNDERCOVER ATF INFORMANT MAY HAVE TIPPED OFF THE COPS
It's not clear whether ATF had an informant among the group that supposedly met for the arms deal. They aren't saying. But it seems entirely likely someone was reporting back to the authorities while portraying himself to be something he was not. If discovered, his life wouldn't be worth the price of a bullet.
F-13, a well-known Latino gang suspected in the murder of rival gang bangers and other violent crimes, is one of the most notorious such groups in south L.A.
Not much is known about Gitschlag, except he left the Corps in 2005 after combat duty in Iraq. Sources said he claimed to be a "disabled veteran."
No weapons were actually exchanged, as the ATF busted the deal up before it could be completed. But they claim they've got Gitschlag and his buddies nailed for trying to sell weapons to the deadly gang. If true, the Fallujah fighter and former member of America's greatest fighting force - the United States Marine Corps - has disgraced his uniform and the country he swore to serve and defend.