Federal agents investigating a man suspected of selling knockoff NFL jerseys late last year stumbled upon what the Cleveland Plain Dealer called "one of the most most perplexing seizures of weapons in Ohio" history: an arsenal of 18 guns — including three assault rifles, three 9mm handguns and four shotguns — and more than 40,000 rounds of ammunition.
The man, Richard Schmidt, was arrested in December, and pleaded guilty to federal gun and counterfeiting charges in July. Sentencing is slated for October.
“I can’t tell you how he got all those guns and ammunition,” U.S. Attorney Steven Dettelbach told the Plain Dealer. “It’s not that I won’t tell you; it’s that I can’t. This is somebody who should never have had one gun, one bullet. But he had an entire arsenal.”
According to an the inventory of seized items by investigators, the 48-year-old also had a "VHS tape of a national meeting of the National Socialist Movement and stickers from the National Alliance" and "notes with the names of Jewish and NAACP leaders in Detroit."