A Pasadena police lieutenant, Armenian by origin, was arrested Friday on federal charges of selling more than 100 guns without a license, CBS LA reported.
Lt. Vasken Kenneth Gourdikian surrendered to authorities on March 2, 2018.
The U.S. authorities said he was engaged in unlicensed sales of 107 weapons in 2014-2017.
Gourdikian was also indicted for allegedly making false statements during two gun purchases.
He was also charged with possession of an unregistered gun. Gourdikian pleaded not guilty to the charges and was expected to be released on $100,000 bail.
Before the raid, Gourdikian had a high-profile job in the department. He was described as the chief’s right hand. He also served as the department’s spokesperson.
Gourdikian’s attorney, Mark Geragos, said, ‘This indictment is misguided and truly an abuse of the supposed discretion of the government. This case will be vigorously contested.”
A trial date has been tentatively set for April 24. If convicted on all charges, Gourdikian faces up to 35 years in prison.