INDIANAPOLIS – Michael Gannon, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration-Indianapolis, and U.S. Attorney Zachary A. Myers for the Southern District of Indiana announced that a federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging David Joseph Mull, 51, of North Vernon, Indiana, on one count of unlicensed firearm dealing.
As alleged in the indictment, Mull is responsible for selling more than 500 firearms in exchange for over $350,000 to Individual A, and 90 firearms in exchange for $56,850 to Individual B. The firearms were allegedly purchased by Mull at gun shows and sold to other individuals. Mull was allegedly aware that the firearms he sold would be transported to Mexico.
On May 25, 2016, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives issued Mull with a cease-and-desist letter, advising him that it was unlawful to engage in the business of dealing firearms without a license.
During a firearms sale on March 9, 2023, Individual B asked Mull why he did not have a brick-and-mortar business, to which Mull replied, “Like a store? I don’t want anyone to know. I’m probably like you, I don’t want anybody to know about it. Hopefully, we can continue to do a bunch of business; I’ll keep on getting stuff.”
Joining DEA ASAC Gannon and U.S. Attorney Myers in making the announcement were Daryl S. McCormick, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), Columbus Field Division, and Justin Campbell, Special Agent in Charge, IRS Criminal Investigation, Chicago Field Office.
“Firearms trafficking investigations are a priority of the Department of Justice because we know that illegal gun sales fuel violence in our communities and around the world,” said U.S. Attorney Myers. “We will continue to work with the ATF, IRS, DEA, and all our law enforcement partners to aggressively investigate and prosecute illegal gun trafficking.”
The ATF, IRS, and DEA investigated this case. If convicted, Mull faces up to five years in federal prison. The government also seeks to forfeit over 1,000 firearms seized from Mull as property involved in the charged offense. A federal district court judge will determine the actual sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
U.S. Attorney Myers thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kelsey L. Massa and Michelle P. Brady, who are prosecuting this case.
This case was part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs, and transnational criminal organizations that threaten the United States by using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach that leverages the strengths of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies against criminal networks.
An indictment or criminal complaint is merely an allegation, and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.