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Man charged with illegally trafficking guns from Indiana to Chicago

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A Chicago man surrendered to authorities Tuesday after he was indicted on federal charges that he illegally trafficked dozens of guns from Indiana to Chicago.

Winston Geralds, 24, was indicted on one count each of conspiracy and dealing firearms without a federal license, and two counts each of illegally transporting firearms across state lines and interstate travel to sell guns without a license, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s office.

Geralds, also known as “Worm,” pleaded not guilty to the charges, prosecutors said.

The indictment alleges that Geralds purchased firearms at gun shows and other venues with David “Big Dave” Lewisbey during multiple trips to Crown Point, Ind., and Indianapolis between April 21 and 23, 2012, prosecutors said.

The guns were then brought illegally to Chicago, where the men sold at least 43 to three co-defendants, who then sold the guns to an informant who secretly recorded the transactions on the South Side, according to prosecutors and previous Chicago Sun-Times reports.

All of the guns were recovered, and Lewisbey and the three other men have been convicted of various firearms offenses in connection with the trafficking, prosecutors said.

Lewisbey, 24, of South Holland, was sentenced to 200 months in prison in May after being charged with dealing firearms without a federal license, two counts of illegally transporting firearms across state lines, and two counts of interstate travel to sell guns without a license, according to previous reports.

Co-defendant Levaine Tanksley, 29, of Chicago, along with two other suspects, sold the guns to someone cooperating with ATF agents, prosecutors said. He was sentenced to more than 11 years in prison; while Charles Lemle, 28, of Chicago, was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Michael Hall, 29, who cooperated with the government and testified against Lewisbey, is awaiting trial. All three pleaded guilty to illegally possessing firearms as a previously convicted felon, according to previous reports.

A fifth co-defendant, Maurice Strickland, 26, of Chicago, was charged with one count of being a felon-in-possession of a firearm, prosecutors said. Strickland lived in the 6800 block of South Langley Avenue where Tanksley sold some of the guns he bought from Lewisbey.

Strickland, also known as “Reece,” pleaded not guilty and remains detained in federal custody, prosecutors said. He faces up to 10 years in prison, prosecutors said.

Geralds faces up to five years in prison for each count of conspiracy and dealing firearms without a federal license, prosecutors said. He faces up to 10 years for each count of illegally transporting firearms across state lines and interstate travel to sell guns without a license.

He is scheduled for a detention hearing in federal court Friday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Geraldine Soat Brown.

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