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Ohio Sneaker Store Really ATF Front; Dozens Arrested, Guns Recovered

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

It was a good business plan -- a store called Tredz that sold sneakers and sports jerseys opened in the Ohio city of Mansfield a year ago.

The owners also put out word that they were interested in buying other items, such as illegal guns and drugs. Business was booming until Tuesday when it was revealed the store was a front for an undercover ATF operation.

The local U.S. attorney announced the indictments of 64 people on a total of 121 separate charges. So far 47 people have been placed in custody.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the operation also netted 70 firearms, 1,316 grams of cocaine, 768 grams of crack, 1,099 Oxycodone pills, 215 ecstasy pills, 199 Vicodin pills, five grams of heroin and 36 pills of Aprazolam.

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U.S. attorney Steven Dettelbach said the operation "sucked illegal guns" off the streets of Mansfield.

Robert Browning, special agent in charge of the ATF Columbus Field Division said the store offered great deals and that some criminals, "Thought they were getting the bargain of a lifetime."