SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Federal authorities have charged two Sacramento brothers with making hundreds of illegal, untraceable firearms as part of what law enforcement officials say is a wide-ranging network designed to skirt federal laws.
Luis Cortez-Garcia, age 44, and Emiliano Cortez-Garcia, who is 37, were indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury in Sacramento on multiple charges of unlawful manufacturing and sales of firearms. The weapons included short-barreled rifles, machine guns and silencers.
Emiliano Cortez-Garcia also is charged with being a felon in possession of firearms.
Attorney Danny Brace Jr., who represents Luis Cortez-Garcia, says the brothers thought they were acting legally. Both are being held by immigration authorities on allegations that they were living in the country illegally.
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