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Manager of Matteson car wash charged with trafficking 36 guns, some of which were ghost guns

CHICAGO (CBS) – A south suburban man was arrested on federal firearm expenses for allegedly trafficking greater than 35 guns, together with ghost guns, machine guns and rifles.

Arshad Zayed, 38, of Orland Hills, was charged with willfully dealing firearms with out a license and illegally possessing and transferring a machine gun, in accordance with a information launch. He was arrested Wednesday morning and made an preliminary courtroom look in federal courtroom in Chicago.

As CBS 2’s Jermont Terry reported, the feds there was extra occurring that simply the particular $10 deal on the Matteson Auto Spa, situated on Cicero Avenue in south suburban Matteson. Zayed managed the carwash, and federal prosecutors mentioned he used the business as a entrance to promote the firearms.

The guns – from handguns to lengthy rifles and machine guns – were all shipped to the carwash and bought there, the feds mentioned.

Read the criminal complaint against Zayed

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A south suburban man was arrested on federal firearm expenses for allegedly trafficking greater than 35 guns, together with ghost guns, machine guns and rifles.

U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois


According to courtroom information, from August 2021 till simply final week, the feds used a high-ranking gang member who had turned informant to report audio and video of the gun transactions. Zayed had no concept, the feds mentioned.

A complete of 36 weapons were bought on seven events, prosecutors mentioned.

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A south suburban man was arrested on federal firearm expenses for allegedly trafficking greater than 35 guns, together with ghost guns, machine guns and rifles.

U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois


Prosecutors mentioned in a single buy, the knowledge – recognized as “CS-2” – “arrived at and entered the Matteson Auto Spa… ZAYED directed CS-2 to a room within the car wash that appeared to be ZAYED’s workshop, wherein Zayed showed the two AR-15-style rifles.”

During the conferences with the informant, information present Zayed then requested, “Okay are you taking these now?” to which CS-2 indicated that he was. ZAYED replied, “Ok let me clean them all up,” prosecutors mentioned.

Images from the key recordings allegedly present Zayed in gloves cleansing the weapons.

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Prosecutors say that is Arshad Zayed cleansing firearm in car wash previous to a sale.

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The feds say, “ZAYED is seen on video placing the firearms in a large box and can be observed removing a shipping label from the box, stating, ‘I just don’t want my name on it. You never know bro.'”

But photographs provided by prosecutors indicated that Zayed didn’t take away each label – as one confirmed his identify and the carwash deal with.

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Court information confirmed a number of of the weapons were ghost guns – that they had no serial numbers and couldn’t be traced.

And this was a giant business with 1000’s of {dollars} made with every transaction.

In March, after six profitable purchases utilizing FBI-tracked money, the feds mentioned the informant was noticed counting roughly $12,000 in money in entrance of ZAYED… requested how he would obtain the firearms and Zayed responded, ‘It’s in a brown field.”

Minutes later, the feds say images show Zayed coming out of the business with the box.

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Prosecutors say that is carwash supervisor Arshad Zayed hauling a field of guns outdoors.

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He was caught on audio saying: “Everything in the picture is in that box” and saying the field comprises “six big ones [rifles] five little ones [handguns].”

A complete of 12 weapons, ammunitions, and silencers were within the field, prosecutors mentioned.

The City of Matteson mentioned that they had no concept in regards to the expenses the car wash supervisor faces. They were additionally wanting over the 65-page legal criticism to see if they might legally pull the license for the car wash.

Terry is instructed the proprietor of the car wash claims he didn’t know what the supervisor was as much as.

The illegal possession and switch cost is punishable by as much as ten years in federal jail. The illegal dealing cost carries a most sentence of 5 years.

Zayed is scheduled for a listening to on Friday earlier than U.S. Magistrate Judge Beth Jantz.

The expenses were introduced by officers from the U.S. Attorney’s for the Northern District of Illinois, the FBI Chicago Field Office, the Chicago Field Division of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Chicago Police Department, and the IRS Criminal Investigation Division in Chicago.

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