Federal agents this month won an indictment against an Orange County man who allegedly sold an illegal, fully automatic, AK-47 assault rifle to an undercover officer for $2,500.
Though he hasn't publicly declared his stance on the case, Steven Sargon Atneyel is free from custody on $25,000 bail and is scheduled to face arraignment this afternoon inside the Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse in Santa Ana.
According to a federal Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) agent, Atneyel may have been motivated to sell the AK-47 because an ex-girlfriend was aware of the gun and worried she might squeal on him.
Atneyel--an Orange resident who was born in 1985 and has worked at Weistec Engineering in Santa Ana--unwittingly met the undercover officer at the Westminster Mall parking lot for the cash sale that included a 30-round magazine, according to an ATF report of the transaction.
Government officials allege the defendant fretted in pre-sale text messages about being caught and admitted he possessed a stash of illegal weapons.
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Assistant United States Attorney Robyn Kali Bacon, who works in the Department of Justice's Violent and Organized Crime Section based in Los Angeles, is prosecuting the case.
A federal judge has not yet been selected to preside.