Gunrunners

These documents, obtained by the Investigative Reporting Workshop, provide a detailed look at the investigation and trial of Phoenix firearms dealer George Iknadosian. Included are the transcripts from recordings made by one straw buyer, Anthony Uzeta, who became a confidential informant for the ATF.

The Wire: April 17, 2008

On April 17, 2008, Uzeta initiates another undercover transaction for more AK-47 rifles. He asks Iknadosian if he can send ...

The Wire: April 18, 2008

On April 18, 2008, Uzeta calls Iknadosian to arrange to pick up the rifles purchased the day before. During the ...

The Wire: April 28, 2008

In his final visit to X Caliber wearing the wire, Uzeta tells Iknadosian that someone tried to pay for one ...

Trial, day 1

In his opening statement, prosecutor Patrick Zinacola says Iknadosian, "fraudulently sold weapons, which he knew were going to Mexico." Iknadosian's ...

Trial, day 2

On this second day of trial Agent Hope MacAllister finishes her testimony. During Baker's cross examination, MacAllister says a legitimate ...

Trial, day 3

Anthony Uzeta concludes his testimony and Zinacola begins to call the other straw purchasers to the stand. Of the four ...

Trial, day 4

Four straw purchasers testify in this March 12, 2009, transcript. All four describe a similar pattern: Hugo Gamez recruits them, ...

Trial, day 5

The prosecution calls the last straw purchaser to testify, Grant Dorman. Dorman had been slated to testify earlier in the ...

Trial, day 6

This is the final day of testimony in the presence of the jury before Gottsfield's ruling to dismiss the case. ...

Dorman ATF interview

This ATF Report of Investigation (ROI) summarizes agents' initial interview with Grant Dorman.

Galloway form 4473

This ATF form 4473 was completed by Camron Galloway on January 30, 2008. Galloway answered "yes" to question 11 (a), ...

Gottsfield ruling

In this ruling Judge Robert Gottsfield dismisses the charges against Iknadosian. His decision is based upon federal court precedent, which ...

Hearing, rule 20 motion

Judge Gottsfield hears arguments from Baker and Zinacola on a defense "rule 20" motion, which asks the judge to issue ...

Pretrial hearing on motions

In this March 5, 2009, transcript Judge Gottsfield hears various motions by the prosecution and the defense. Gottsfield rules that ...

The Wire: April 10, 2008

In this transcript from April 10, 2008, Anthony Uzeta, acting as an informant for the ATF, purchases firearms from George ...

The Wire: April 14, 2008

In this April 14, 2008, transcript, Uzeta pays cash for two AK-47 rifles from X Caliber, but does not put ...

The Wire: April 14, 2008 part2

In this report from April 14, 2008, an undercover ATF agent, "Nikki," goes to X Calibur to fill out the ...