9 Phoenix-area arrests in alleged gunrunning ring

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PHOENIX (AP) -- Nine people accused of taking part in a scheme to smuggle guns to a Mexican drug cartel have been arrested in the Phoenix suburbs of Gilbert and Mesa.

U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives special agent-in-charge Bill Newell says those arrested include people who illegally made gun purchases on behalf of others and others who recruited such "straw buyers" to front for them at gun shows and shops.

ATF says the 75 assault rifles and 30 handguns bought in the scheme were headed to the Sinaloa drug cartel.

No gun dealers were suspected of knowingly being part of the scheme.

ATF says the nine, whose identities weren't released, face federal firearms charges.

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