November 4th, 2010
01:46 PM ET

Two men, Navy SEAL arrested for firearms trafficking

Three men, including an active duty U.S. Navy SEAL, have been arrested for allegedly selling machine guns and other firearms to an undercover law enforcement officer in Nevada and Colorado, the U.S. Attorney General's Office in Nevada told CNN.

The weapons part of the alleged firearms trafficking were machineguns smuggled into the United States by special forces military personnel returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Nicholas Bickle, 33, of San Diego, Richard Paul, 34, of Durango, Colorado, and Andrew Kaufman, 36, of Las Vegas, were arrested Wednesday.

Court documents identify Bickle as a U.S. Navy SEAL assigned to a unit in the San Diego area. The machineguns were found to have a mark used by the Iraqi military to signify ownership, the the U.S. Attorney General's Office said.

If convicted, the defendants face up to five years in prison on the conspiracy charge and a $250,000 fine.

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  1. Panther 1/5

    You Yuppies,jerks,& non-military, no combat, no honorable service to your country get all worked up over a little media spin. You don't know anything about hard work and actually producing something beneficial for country that isn't on paper. Also you don't know anything about Bickle. You make me sick. So save your theories for John Lennon's unrecorded albums & go snort some more of that cheap cocaine courtesy De-Mexico.

    November 4, 2010 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Truth

    Has anyone seen Fox News post anything about this Rogue Navy Seal??? I wonder why, I bet they don't want to lose any military watchers/listeners. Hard to believe that NO One in his command or camrades had any idea what he was doing. 80 weapons??? Give me a break !!!!! I think this would be a GREAT Topic for Glenn Beck !!! Ha ha ha

    November 9, 2010 at 5:42 am | Report abuse |
  3. damnit

    Why wasn't this arrest caught on thats an episode I would pay to watch

    February 1, 2012 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
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