LOS ANGELES (CNS) – A North Hollywood man was sentenced yesterday to 10 years behind bars for selling methamphetamine and acting as an unlicensed gun broker by selling 16 rifles and handguns — many without serial numbers — as well as various accessories.
Arthur Muradyan, 33, previously pleaded guilty to the federal charge of engaging in the business of dealing in firearms without a license. He also pleaded guilty to distributing methamphetamine for selling nearly a pound of the drug to an undercover investigator, according to the US Attorney’s Office.
According to his plea agreement, Muradyan “willfully offered to, and did, sell firearms, firearms accessories and ammunition, including: machine guns, semiautomatic firearms with large capacity magazines, firearms bearing no legitimate manufacturer’s mark or serial number — commonly referred to as ‘ghost guns,’ and unregistered and unserialized short-barreled rifles.”
Many of the guns had been trafficked from Las Vegas and sold to an informant working with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives last year.
Muradyan sold methamphetamine to the informant on the same day he sold a semi-automatic 9mm handgun and a machine gun conversion device known as a “Glock switch,” according to the plea agreement.