PHOTOS: 15 arrested in Operation Recoil illegal gun operation - Alabamas13.com WVTM-TV Birmingham, AL

PHOTOS: 15 arrested in Operation Recoil illegal gun operation

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BIRMINGHAM, AL - A total of 15 people are facing charges after the Birmingham Police Department's "Operation Recoil" round-up.

The BPD's Crime Reduction Team and Neighborhood Enforcement Team worked with the US Marshals Service and ATF to arrest those involved in the illegal sale of firearms, including using deceptive means to buy firearms and re-sell them on the streets.

Police told Alabama's 13 that at least seven of the suspects were using credit card fraud to buy guns online and have them sent here. Another group then picked them up and illegally sold them. 

Much of this activity was going on in east Birmingham.

Chief A.C. Roper says much has been done to reduce crime in Birmingham, but there's still a long way to go. However, today's operation helps.

"Our federal partners, ATF and the US Marshals have really worked shoulder to shoulder with our investigators in targeting these offenders suspected of illegal firearms and narcotics offenses. Drugs and guns are a deadly mix so our streets are much safer with these suspects facing federal prison time," he said.

“This investigation is an excellent example of ATF’s Frontline model for combating violent crime," ATF Special Agent in Charge Jeff Fulton said. "Today’s round-up included suspects that ATF and its state and local partners investigated for violent firearms and narcotics related crimes along with persons who trafficked firearms by deceiving gun dealers and providing firearms to felons and others not lawfully able to possess firearms.”

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