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189 firearms, 200 g heroin seized in Operation Pulaski

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The Operation Pulaski undercover operation goes back to 2011. The Operation Pulaski undercover operation goes back to 2011.

More federal indictments were unsealed Wednesday charging 33 people with guns, drug trafficking and other charges. 

The charges are the result of a federal and state undercover investigation called Operation Pulaski that goes back to 2011.

The latest indictments are in addition to eight indictments and prosecutions in 2012. 

The United States Attorney's Office, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Department initiated the investigation. 

Undercover agents with the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives bought guns and drugs from several criminal organizations that have a regional and international reach, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Georgia.  

Over the investigation agents bought 189 firearms, including handguns, assault rifles, sawed-off shotguns and machine guns; more than 200 grams of heroin; more than 4 kilograms of cocaine and stolen vehicles. Several of the guns had been previously reported stolen.

The vehicles were stolen in the New York City area and transported to the southeastern U.S. for resale or to be shipped abroad for resale.  

Agents worked with the National Insurance Crime Bureau to get or re-designate the vehicles recovered in the investigation. 

Twenty-six people who sold guns and drugs to the agents are alleged convicted felons and 11 of believed to be illegal aliens, according to the news release. 

Several of those arrested on Tuesday and Wednesday are expected to make their first appearance in federal court in Statesboro on Thursday.

Those arrested Tuesday and Wednesday: Alejandro Jorge Barrero-Rojas, 29, of Bolivia; Akeem Jamal Edwards, 22, of Savannah; Alvon Mitchell, 33, of Savannah, Anthony Solis-Reyes, 25, of Honduras, Augustin Rubio-Garcia, 31, of Hardeeville; Cedric Austin, 26, of Savannah; Demetrius Mumford, 28, of Savannah; Derrick Stephens, 35, of Atlanta; Eduardo Cruz-Camacho, 32, of Savannah; Naquan Trell Elliot, 19, of Savannah; Eric Dyches, 41, of Savannah; Hermino Garcia-Rodriguez, 25, of Garden City; Gustavo Reyes-Sosa, 25, of Bluffton; Herbert Carter, 31, of Savannah; Javier Garcia-Rodriguez, 29, of Garden City; Javier Murillo-Solis, 32, Hilton Head; Jeffrey Barnes, 50, Savannah; Juan Zapien-Pacheco, 26, of Hardeeville; Leonardo Moreno-Romero, 23, of Hardeeville; Luis Alonso, 34, Hardeeville;  Markus Brown, 29, of Savannah; Martin Anguiano, 45, of Ridgeland; Maximigo Ortega, 34, of Savannah; Michael Holsey, 21, of Savannah; Miguel Hernandez-Landeros, 26, Garden City; Mikael Oliver, 18, of Savannah; Sonny Vasquez, 28, of Bluffton; Tyreik Watson, 34, of   Savannah; Walis Parra-Reyes, 31, of Bluffton; Wendell Brantley, 35,of  Bluffton; Reginald Black, 20, of Garden City; Roberto Barrero, 45, of Bolivia; Matthew Vasquez, 22, of Savannah. 

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