Firearms Trafficking Investigation Leads to Arrest of 3 Men on Federal Charge
OAKLAND — Three men in custody are facing federal charges in connection with an alleged firearms trafficking conspiracy. The suspects were arrested August 12 following an investigation conducted by federal agencies and the Antioch and Concord police departments.
The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated firearms trafficking on the Instagram social media platform. It also investigated in-person firearms trafficking involving the three suspects in custody.
The other federal agencies participating in this investigation were the U.S Postal Inspection Service, and Drug Enforcement Administration.
During the investigation multiple undercover purchases of firearms were made, along with switches to convert firearms to fully automatic weapons. A total of 13 firearms and 17 switches were purchased by undercover agents.
These undercover purchases included factory-made firearms and homemade firearms—so called ghost guns. None of the suspects involved possesses a license to import, manufacture, or deal in firearms.
Rembert, Walker and Singh have each been charged with conspiracy to deal in firearms without a license. If convicted, each man faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000.
They are being held inside Alameda County’s Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, and they are ineligible for release on bond.
In a prepared statement Acting U.S. Attorney Stephanie M. Hinds said. “Collaboration with local law enforcement partners is key to disrupting illegal firearms trafficking.”