Police seize arms cache from city clothing store

Officials get warrant after finding ammunition during traffic stop


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July 09, 2005|By Gus G. Sentementes | Gus G. Sentementes,SUN STAFF

Baltimore police said yesterday they raided an East Baltimore clothing store allegedly used as a front for the illegal sale of high-powered weapons and accessories, including assault rifles, shotguns, handguns, ammunition and body armor.

Organized-crime detectives raided the store, Moon Wear in the 2400 block of Greenmount Ave. on Thursday, about 15 hours after its owner, Andre Mills, 33, was pulled over on a traffic stop, police said. During the stop, officers said they discovered ammunition for high-powered rifles.

Police obtained a warrant and searched the store, recovering one Bushmaster assault rifle, three handguns, a Mossberg shotgun equipped with a sidewinder drum magazine and laser sight, 34 handgun magazines, five holsters, 100 boxes of shotgun shells and about 1,000 rounds of ammunition, including rounds used in AK-47 assault rifles. Police also recovered $1,200 in cash.

"We do believe [the suspect] was trafficking firearms" from the store, said Anthony Barksdale, acting chief of the department's organized crime division. "It looks like we got quite a bit of weapons, but some might be on the street."

Barksdale said the case has been referred to federal authorities for possible prosecution. He said the guns still had to be tested to determine if they had been used in any crimes.

Police charged Mills, of the 1600 block of E. Eager St., with illegal possession of regulated firearms. Police also charged the suspect with drug possession after finding marijuana during the raid. Mills had been serving probation for previous gun charges, police said.

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