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Suburban man accused of trading guns for drugs

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CHICAGO (AP) — A 53-year-old from suburban Chicago faces federal weapons charges for allegedly trading more than 40 stolen guns to support a crack-cocaine habit.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports (http://bit.ly/1oOXKUV) that authorities charged Timothy Vana of Bolingbrook this week. A reputed member of the Gangster Disciples street gang is charged in the same case.

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.

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