A Manassas woman was indicted last week on charges of buying more than 30 firearms to illegally sell, including two .40-caliber pistols that wound up in the hands of suspected drug dealers.
Kimberly Yvette Dinkins, 44, was charged with dealing firearms without a license and lying to federal agents about the guns. Each charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison, if convicted.
"When offenders indiscriminately put guns on the streets that can be used against our citizens, our children and our community, ATF takes this very seriously," said James Newman, who heads the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' Washington Field Division.
Investigators have recovered eight of the weapons, but the whereabouts of the remaining 23 remain unaccounted for, authorities said.
According to court records, Dinkins, who does not have a license to deal firearms, bought 31 semi-automatic handguns from licensed dealers from Nov. 17 to Dec. 1. The guns were bought legally at guns shows in Chantilly, Richmond and Hampton.
One of those weapons, a .40-caliber pistol, was recovered less than two weeks later during the arrest of a 20-year-old suspected drug dealer in Prince George's County.
ATF agents visited Dinkins outside her home on Dec. 3. She first explained that she bought the guns because she was concerned about crime in her neighborhood.
When asked why she bought so many, she changed her statement, and said she was thinking about becoming a firearms dealer, court documents said.
When the agents asked to see the guns, she lied and said she had sold them all, court documents said. But authorities said she was still in possession of some of the guns. State records show that three days after her interview with ATF agents, she sold six guns to a pawn shop.
Law enforcement officials recovered another .40-caliber handgun in the hands of 19-year-old suspected drug dealer in Suitland on Dec. 12.
She was arrested the following day, and remains in federal custody.