Grass Valley Man Indicted For Dealing In Firearms On The Dark Web

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Sacramento, California – A federal grand jury returned a nine-count indictment today against Michael Paul Grisham Smith, 44, of Grass Valley, charging him with unlawful dealing and manufacturing in firearms and unlawful possession of unregistered firearms, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.

According to court documents, Smith contacted a firearms vendor on the dark web seeking to sell AR-15-style “ghost” guns that have no serial number. The firearms vendor on the dark web was in fact an undercover law enforcement agent working for Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Between December 1, 2017, and February 15, 2018, Smith manufactured and sold eight AR‑15‑style firearms without serial numbers to the undercover agent in exchange for payment in bitcoin.

This case is the product of an investigation by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Quinn Hochhalter and Justin Lee are prosecuting the case.

If convicted, Smith faces a maximum statutory penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The press release is available at justice.gov.

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