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CMPD recovers stolen FBI assault rifle, arrests 3

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police say a tip from the public helped them arrest three men and recover two assault rifles, one of which had been reported stolen from the FBI.

Charged in the case were Meshal Alsweel, 19; Abdulaziz Algfari, 18; and Isaiah Nixon, 23. Aslwell and Algfari were charged with possession of stolen property and narcotics offenses. Nixon was jailed on drug charges.

According to police, officers were led to an apartment in the 8400 block of Riverbirch Drive after a tip. When they arrived at the residence, in a community off Sharon Road West, officers said they smelled marijuana coming from the apartment.

Police say the smell of the marijuana became stronger after residents answered the door. Police got a search warrant and reported finding a small amount of marijuana and cocaine, but they also reported discovering two assault rifles and three pistols. Three of the firearms had been reported stolen.

One of the assault rifles was among the firearms reported stolen Aug. 5 from the trunk of an FBI agent’s vehicle in the SouthPark area, according to investigators.

Police ask that anyone with additional information in the case or about the suspects contact Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

Steve Lyttle: 704-358-6107 Twitter: @slyttle
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