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Man Sells Cocaine, Then Gun To Undercover Cops

| by Kathryn Schroeder
Joe David BazanJoe David Bazan

A Colorado man accused of selling cocaine to undercover cops in April has now reportedly sold a gun to a different officer.

Joe David Bazan posted to Facebook that he had a pistol and a 12-gauge shotgun available for sale, The Denver Post reports.

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A detective with the Gore Range Narcotic Interdiction Team saw the ad, prompting him to respond. The detective recognized Bazan as a known felon.

On more than one occasion, Bazan allegedly sold cocaine to undercover detectives, according to an Eagle County Sheriff’s office news release. He is out on bond after being arrested earlier this month for the cocaine offenses.

As part of an undercover operation, detectives met with Bazan and purchased the pistol. He told the officers the shotgun was already sold.

Bazan is facing felony charges of possession of a weapon by a previous offender and violation of bail bond, as well as the misdemeanor offense of selling a firearm without completing a background check.

If convicted of the possession of a firearm charge, Bazan may be sentenced to a lengthy prison term based on the outcome of a similar 2014 case, as reported by the Colorado U.S. Attorney’s Office.

In a plea deal, Reginald Jerome Wray was found guilty of being a felon in possession of a firearm arm. He received a sentence of more than six years in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release.

Wray, like Bazan, had multiple offenses on his record before his arrest.

“The defendant’s long criminal record demonstrates that he remains a danger to the community,” U.S. Attorney John Walsh said after Wray’s sentencing. “As today’s sentence shows, felons in possession of firearms face stiff prison sentences.” 

Sources: The Denver Post, Colorado U.S. Attorney's Office/The United States Department of Justice / Photo credit: Eagle County Sheriff's Office via The Denver Post