Posted: Apr 12, 2013 11:48 AM by Ben Lloyd - firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated: Apr 12, 2013 11:59 AM
CORPUS CHRISTI - A 22-year-old from Corpus Christi is heading to federal prison for 10 years on charges he made and sold Ak-47's without a firearms license.
Authorities say the 2011 search of his home on the westside of Corpus Christi resulted in the largest gun seizure in the city's history.
Prosecutors say Michael Yarbrough and two other defendants purchased parts for the weapons over several months, assembled them, then arranged for them to be sold in McAllen.
US Marshals first discovered the weapons at a home while executing a warrant for a probation violator in August 2011. Prosecutors say authorities came across several people who worked for Yarbrough and were operating a manufacturing facility inside a home on Up River Road.
On that day, officers were seen taking a man into custody and questioning 10 people in the backyard.
Authorities removed duffel bags of fully assembled rifles, rifle parts, ammunition and bandoliers. According to court documents, 45 Ak-47s were removed from the home along with a lengthy assortment of other rifles, pistols, and more than three thousand rounds of ammunition.
According to court documents, Yarbrough made false statements to a licensed firearms dealer, Jesse's Gun Shop, in order to purchase firearms. Prosecutors say he also sold a shotgun to someone who was not allowed to own a firearm, presumably a felon.
Officials say 11 weapons manufactured by Yarbrough and the other defendants were later recovered in Mexico. In one case, one of the weapons was linked to three murders across the border.
Ashley Yarbrough was given three years probation for making a false statement to federal agents. Specifically, prosecutors say she and Michael Yarbrough lied to federal agents when claiming that they were not selling firearms.
Stephen Atkinson is also accused of making and selling firearms without a license. He's plead guilty and is awaiting sentencing scheduled for next month.
While most of the documents in the case remain sealed, an inventory of the weapons seized is available:
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