Nine Ohio residents accused of conspiring to illegally purchase firearms, including for a Buffalo man, have been arrested and charged with conspiracy to traffic in firearms, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Arrested and charged were Deonte “Terry” Cooper, 23; Ricky Turner, 48; Argentis Albino Herrera, 24; Diones Bowens, 22; Shane Shumaker, 31; Victoria Orlando, 36; Vicky Hoffstetter, 37; Koree Runyan, 24; and Jenna Ann Redding, 31.
All were reported to be residents of Ashtabula. The charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison for each defendant.
The defendants collectively are accused of allegedly illegally purchasing a total of 100 firearms, 10 of which were recovered in Buffalo, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. Another firearm was recovered in Youngstown, Ohio.
Six defendants — Herrera, Runyan, Hoffstetter, Shumaker, Orlando, and Cooper — were arraigned Friday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael J. Roemer, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.
All except for Orlando were released on conditions. Orlando is held pending a detention hearing Aug. 6.