SEATTLE - Authorities said a Kent man and his stepson were arrested in connection with illegal sales of guns and prescription drugs.
The US Attorney’s Office said the two were arrested Friday morning following an indictment on seven criminal counts.
The indictment said 49-year-old Mark Bryant, and his stepson, 30-year-old Andrew Gagley, illegally distributed Demerol.
Bryant is also charged with four different counts in connection with distributing OxyContin, hydrocodone and morphine on three different days in September and October 2012.
Bryant is also charged with selling a firearm to a drug user.
Gagley is charged with selling a firearm to a felon and illegal alien.
Bryant owns Westside Guns and East Valley Auto Rebuild on South 222nd Street in Kent.
According to authorities, Bryant sold guns or drugs to people working with law enforcement on the property of his Kent gun shop.
Charges said Gagley also participated in gun and drug sales in and near the business.
According to police, on Oct. 26, 2012, Gagley sold a .556 caliber Colt semiautomatic rifle to a person working with law enforcement knowing that the person was prohibited from purchasing firearms because the buyer was in the U.S. illegally and was a convicted felon.
Authorities said that Oct. 24, 2012, Bryant illegally sold a Firestar .45 pistol handgun to a person he knew to be a drug user. As a federal firearms licensee, Bryant is required to file paperwork on gun sales and to maintain acquisition records on all firearms received and transferred to others, the U.S. Attorney’s office said.
According to U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan, the arrests are the culmination of an eight-month investigation by the South Sound Task Force.
The South Sound Task Force is comprised of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations , the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Lakewood Police Department and the Washington State Liquor Control Board, with help from U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Air and Marine.
Durkin said each of the crimes is punishable by up to 20 years in prison and three years of supervised release.
When KIRO 7 told loyal customer Jeff Curtis about the arrest he responded with one word of shock, "Really?"
Curtis described Bryant as "character."
"He's kind of a biker mentality kind of guy," Curtis said. "But seemed like he was honest and does a good job. I was never unhappy with his work and he honors his warranties."