A pair of felons were indicted for gun possession after they sold two .50-caliber rifles to undercover officers, the Justice Department said.
Orlando Rangel, 31, and George Boone, 38, both of Modesto, were indicted by a federal grand jury in the eastern district of California on Dec. 31. Rangel was also charged with possession of a stolen firearm.
If convicted, both men face up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. According to court filings, Boone appeared in court on Jan. 6.
According to court documents, on Nov. 20, an informant told a federal agent that he knew two men, Rangel and Boone, who were trying to sell a .50-caliber sniper rifle for $3,500, so the agent had the informant arrange a meeting with the men.
Later that evening, federal agents staked out the home as the informant met the pair to see the rifle. During the meeting, the informant texted the agent a picture of himself posing with the rifle. However, the informant did not buy the rifle.
A few hours later, about half past midnight, the Modesto Police Department stopped Rangel in his car. When asked if he had weapons in his car, Rangel said, “Officer, you know the question you asked me about the weapons, I have this thing, it’s a metal piece under my seat. I don’t know if it’s a weapon.”
Officers then searched the car and found the bolt to a .50-caliber rifle and an EO Tech red-dot scope. Rangel told officers that…