ATF bust Pontiac man selling guns to undercover agents

- A Pontiac man was caught selling guns to undercover federal agents now he's headed to prison.
    
The ATF caught the whole thing on camera and is sharing it with FOX 2.

"He believes he's selling these to other felons and other criminals," said Jonathan Ortiz, ATF supervisor.

That suspect is 26-year-old Juan Eagle of Pontiac. A convicted felon and apparently, not learning his lesson the first time.

FOX 2: "So he's on parole while he's selling guns?"

"Correct," Ortiz said.

Federal ATF agents first, tipped off last year that Eagle, who had been staying in a half-way house had been selling guns illegally in between parole appointments.

"He's a very dangerous man," Ortiz said. "He is putting illegal firearms on the street in the hands of possible felons, other criminals that are going to use them."

Video captures undercover agents meeting with Eagle several times and Eagle, appears to believe they're becoming buddies.

"Undercover agents make contact with him and throughout the investigation purchased a total of seven firearms," Ortiz said. "Pistols, there was a revolver, but there were also semi-automatic handguns. He talked about rifles, semi-automatic machine guns but those were never recovered in the investigation."

At one point Eagle even tells the undercover agents not to scratch off the serial numbers on the guns because he warned that's a federal crime.
 
"And at a different time he talks about how to get a gun registered in the state," Ortiz said. "How these guns will not come back to anyone because they were not registered with the state of Michigan."

ATF agents also say he'd even drive up to meet them with his girlfriend and child present, telling the feds he got his guns from a friend who works at a gun shop.

"He doesn't care about his own personal status, his family, it doesn't matter," Ortiz said. "It's all about the money."

Ortiz says in the wake of so many mass shootings across the country getting these guns off of the street is their top priority.

After Accepting a plea in September, Eagle sentenced to 86 months in prison or just over seven years.

"He could have kept going, could have pumped out hundreds of guns into the streets to felons using them to commit murders, robberies, whatever else," Ortiz said.

Meanwhile ATF agents are working on tracing those guns to find others involved.
 

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