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ATF investigates Long Co. murder suspects for weapon trafficking

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From L to R: Anthony Peden, Christopher Salmon, Isaac Aguigui, Michael Burnett (Source: Liberty County Jail) From L to R: Anthony Peden, Christopher Salmon, Isaac Aguigui, Michael Burnett (Source: Liberty County Jail)
LONG CO., GA (WTOC) -

Four Fort Stewart soldiers were in court earlier this week. They're charged with the slayings of Michael Roark, a former soldier at Fort Stewart, and his 17-year-old girlfriend Tiffany York.

Pvt. Christopher Salmon and Sgt. Anthony Peden both face malice murder charges. Pvt. Isaac Aguigui and Pfc. Michael Burnett are charged with being a party to murder.

According to information provided by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the four soldiers charged in that case are being investigated on weapons trafficking charges.

The Atlanta ATF's public information officer Richard Coes said the double homicide investigation caught the bureau's attention, prompting the ATF to get involved in the investigation. 

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation obtained a warrant and conducted a search Tuesday morning at a house on Cordele Circle in Hinesville's Griffin Park subdivision.

Coes said one firearm was recovered from the Cordele Circle house during the search warrant. Eight were recovered during a previous consent search of the home, according to investigators.

Coes could not provide information on the types of weapon removed from the home or how agents zeroed in on the residence. 

He would not elaborate on the investigation, but did say the ATF has reason to believe the men might have been purchasing large amounts of weapons. 

Coes said the men arrested in last week's double homicide are alleged to have been involved in one capacity or another in the operation. 

No charges have been filed in the weapons case.

"We are currently investigating the four individuals for possible federal firearms violations but have no reason to suspect them of selling guns out of state or to other individuals," Coes said.

The suspects are being held without bond at the Liberty County Regional Jail.

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