Police say Malvern man brought guns to sell to gangs in Chicago

CHICAGO, Ill. (KTHV) - An Arkansas man was arrested in Chicago on Sunday after federal prosecutors say he was trafficking guns to the city.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, 27-year-old Klint Kelley was arrested after driving 10 hours from his home in Malvern in a sting operation. Kelley attempted to exchange eight guns, including five assault rifles, to a childhood friend who was a convicted felon. But that friend was recently turned into an informant for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

In April, Kelley called that friend on a wiretapped phone where he remembered getting beaten by gangs as a teenager in south Chicago. He was to "get away from all that s***" but ended up in trouble in Arkansas as well after getting kicked out of school.

Kelley allegedly made three trips back to Chicago according to a federal criminal complaint that was filed on Tuesday. During those trips, he dropped off 21 guns that he either bought on Facebook or at gun shows in Arkansas.

Police claim that in other conversations, Kelley seemed to acknowledge that the guns he had sold were "destined to wind up on the streets of Chicago."

Chicago Police Department First Deputy Chief Kevin Navarro claimed the Labor Day weekend was the most peaceful in three years for the city. From Friday evening to Monday night, seven people were killed and 37 were wounded by gunfire.

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