SALT LAKE CITY — A South Jordan man who police say was illegally selling guns on the street has been taken into custody.
The Utah Attorney General’s Office on Thursday charged Bruno Martins Dos-Santos, 30, in 3rd District Court with two counts of possession of a firearm by a restricted person and two counts of sale of a firearm to a restricted person, all second-degree felonies.
In October, an agent with the attorney general’s SECURE Strike Force (Statewide Enforcement of Crimes by Undocumented Residents) posed as a person who was in the U.S. illegally and arranged to buy a gun from Dos-Santos, according to charging documents.
“Dos-Santos presented me with two cases containing two firearms,” the charges state. “After observing both firearms, I agreed to purchase the Smith & Wesson pistol for $450. Dos-Santos handed me the case, which included the pistol and three magazines, including 17 bullets.”
The undercover agents then told Dos-Santos that he did not have a driver’s license and asked if he needed to register the weapon.
“I advised him I was illegal and had no documentation. Dos-Santos told me there was no problem and that he would only need to file that he transferred the firearm to me,” the charges state.
On Tuesday, the undercover agent purchased a second gun - a Glock 10mm handgun for $450 - from Dos-Santos. After that transaction was completed, Dos-Santos was arrested, according to charging documents.
Dos-Santos originally came to the U.S. legally, but his visa expired a couple of years ago, the charges state.
“Dos-Santos stated he has been illegally within the country for about three years,” the charges state.