A Robbins man allegedly ran a enterprise from his south suburban dwelling of promoting “change” gadgets to transform pistols into fully-automatic machine weapons.
ATF brokers executed a search warrant Monday at Leonard Johnson’s south suburban dwelling and located 5 transformed pistols and 117 “switches,” in response to a criminal complaint from federal prosecutors.
When the brokers arrived, they discovered Johnson, 32, mendacity on a mattress and requested him if there was something within the dwelling that might damage them, the criticism states.
Johnson, who goes by “Scrap,” allegedly mentioned there have been three or 4 weapons within the dwelling, together with “crack” and “dope” in his bed room, the criticism states.
The brokers discovered 5 pistols transformed into machine weapons: a Draco 7.62 x 39 millimeter pistol, a Glock 10mm pistol, a Glock 21 .45 caliber pistol, a Ruger EC9S 9mm pistol and what gave the impression to be a transformed, do-it-yourself PFP400 Polymer 80 Glock-style pistol, in response to the criticism.
Within the criticism, prosecutors pointed to Snapchat screenshots that allegedly present Johnson holding a wad of money and a video that allegedly exhibits two pistols in Johnson’s lap.
Whereas in custody, Johnson admitted to possessing the switches, or “attachments,” and to realizing that they make pistols fully-automatic, the criticism states.
“I’m not silly,” Johnson allegedly informed an agent throughout an interview.
“Sure, I’ve received some attachments up there. It’s what this’s referred to as — attachments,” Johnson mentioned, in response to the criticism.
Johnson additionally admitted to working a enterprise of promoting the switches since June, promoting every change for about $500 every, the criticism states.
Johnson appeared in federal court docket in Chicago Tuesday on a depend of unlawful possession of a machine gun, in response to the U.S. Lawyer’s workplace for the Northern District of Illinois. He was ordered to stay held in custody.
“Machine weapons pose a harmful menace to public security and don’t have any place in Chicago-area streets,” U.S. Lawyer John Lausch mentioned within the assertion. “Federal regulation enforcement will act swiftly to neutralize the menace posed by unlawful machine weapons and preserve our neighborhood protected.”
Johnson is predicted to seem in court docket once more Friday.