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Six charged in gun smuggling organization that operated out of Bucks, Montco: police

Bucks and Montgomery County law enforcement have identified six men they believe have illegally trafficked more than 30 firearms throughout the region since 2020.

On Thursday, Bucks County District Attorney Matt Weintraub and Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele announced charges after a months-long investigation.

The defendants are the leader of the organization, Clayton Robinson, 20, of Abington; his brothers Julian Robinson, 31, and Kenneth Robinson, 18, both of Abington; Maurice Baker IV, 23, of Bristol Borough; Brett Portner, 22, of Jenkintown; and Joseph Lynch III, 25, of Carrollton, Georgia.

They are charged with multiple offenses including corrupt organizations and conspiracy to commit the offense, trafficking in the proceeds of illegal activities and related offences.

Police began investigating in April when Clayton Robinson was arrested for a drug offense in Abington, court documents show. He was found with an illegal firearm, police said.

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The joint investigation led police to discover the six were involved in a straw-buying ring that began in November 2020, the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office said in a news release. “Straw buying” occurs when someone buys firearms legally and sells them to people who cannot legally own them.

Most of the purchases were made at stores in Bucks County, according to court documents.

Police say Clayton Robinson used power tools to remove serial numbers from firearms.

Of the 34 weapons identified in the investigation, only six were recovered, the statement said. Most were found during traffic checks.

Lynch and Portner were not arrested on Thursday.

Kenneth Robinson remains free on unsecured bail of $50,000. Clayton Robinson, Julian Robinson and Baker were arrested and sent to Montgomery County Jail on bail. Their preliminary hearing is scheduled for December.

This article originally appeared on Bucks County Courier Times: DA: Six Firearms Illegally Trafficked in Bucks, Montgomery Counties