Two Kankakee men and a Bradley man were recently indicted on federal weapons charges in U.S. District Court in Urbana.
Brandon Shoffner, 28, and Zaire Virgen, 24, both of Kankakee, and Maurice Terrell, 31, of Bradley, were arrested on Tuesday in Kankakee on separate and unrelated weapons changes by Project Safe Neighborhood task force agents.
All three men have previous felony convictions, the task force said.
Shoffner's indictment alleges he was in possession of a 9mm semi-automatic pistol on Aug. 13. At the time of his arrest, he was on parole from the Illinois Department of Corrections. He had previous felony convictions for aggravated battery and aggravated battery with a firearm.
Virgen's indictment alleges he was in possession of a .40-caliber semi-automatic pistol on Aug. 14 while on parole. The gun was reported stolen in Kankakee.
Terrell was arrested for possession of a SKS semi-automatic rifle on Sept. 18. Terrell has previous felony convictions for delivery of a controlled substance and delivery of cannabis.
The trio are in custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial.
If convicted, the three face up to 10 years in prison.
The charges are the result of ongoing Project Safe Neighborhood investigations related to violent crime in the Kankakee area. The task force includes the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives and officers with the Kankakee Police Department in cooperation with the Kankakee County State's Attorney's Office and the Central District of Illinois' U.S. Attorney's Office.
The cases are being prosecuted by assistant U.S. attorney Bryan Freres.