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Police say Ind. man sold guns to Chicago-area gangs

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Ernest Millard, 31. (Photo courtesy of the Cook County Sheriff's Office) Ernest Millard, 31. (Photo courtesy of the Cook County Sheriff's Office)
CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A northwest Indiana man arrested last week was involved in a gun-trafficking operation in which he and an associate would buy guns in Indiana, then resell them to Chicago-area gang members, police allege.

The other suspect was killed in a shooting last month, before the three-month investigation ended, Chicago Police said Thursday.

Ernest Millard, 31, of the 3900 block of Adams Street in Gary, Ind., was charged July 12 with four felony counts of illegal transfer of firearms and one felony count of gunrunning, a Thursday statement from police said. He is being held in the Cook County Jail on a $250,000 bond.

Chicago Police Gang Investigations officers worked with federal ATF officers and Illinois State Police on the investigation, during which they seized more than 20 firearms, including handguns, rifles and shotguns, the statement said.

In April, authorities learned that a known member of the Vice Lords gang and an accomplice were involved in a gun-trafficking scheme aimed at selling guns to gang members and associates in the Chicago area.

During the month of April, CPD officers conducted five separate undercover gun purchases, buying a total of nine firearms.

However, one of the men police had been targeting in the investigation was fatally shot on June 23 in Gary, the statement said. He was one of three people killed in what Gary police called a gang-related shooting.

Officer continued the gunrunning probe and it led them to Millard, who, on two occasions in June, sold undercover police officers a total of 14 weapons, ranging from a Ruger 9mm pistol to a Mossburg 12-gauge shotgun, the statement said.

Millard is scheduled back court Friday in Branch 50 at 5555 W. Grand Ave.

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