A 53-year-old from Bolingbrook faces federal weapons charges alleging he traded more than 40 stolen guns to support a crack-cocaine habit.
The Chicago Sun-Times reported that authorities charged Timothy Vana this week. A reputed member of the Gangster Disciples street gang is charged in the same case.
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Federal officials allege that some of the stolen guns were linked to crimes, including a nonfatal shooting in Chicago.
A message seeking comment from Vana's federal defender wasn't immediately returned Friday
The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives along with the Cook County sheriff's police and Illinois State Police.