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Navy SEAL convicted on weapons-selling charges

October 7, 2011 |  2:04 pm

A Navy SEAL from a Coronado-based team was convicted Friday of being part of a scheme to sell prohibited firearms, including AK-47 assault rifles from Iraq and Afghanistan.

A federal jury in Las Vegas took about 10 hours over two days to convict Nicholas Bickle, 34, an enlisted sailor, of 13 felony charges. He is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 20.

Prosecutors said Bickle and two civilians sold the firearms to undercover agents of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The Russian-developed AK-47, illegal to possess without a federal permit, is highly prized among collectors and can fetch a hefty price. Some of the weapons were smuggled back to the U.S. from war zones, prosecutors said.

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