By Kevin Deutsch
A Coral Springs man has been federally charged for lying on gun purchase forms in order to make “straw buys” of guns later sold to criminals—including a pistol used to kill a man in North Miami, records show.
Amador Aulet III purchased over 100 firearms from various Federal Firearms Licensed dealers in Broward and Palm Beach Counties between May 2020 and July 2021, according to a criminal complaint filed in federal court in West Palm Beach.
But the guns were not being purchased for Aulet, and he knew it, according to federal authorities.
For the gun used in the North Miami homicide, Aulet said on a required federal document that he was buying the weapon on April 28 from Gun World of South Florida, located in Deerfield Beach, for himself.
That was also a lie, said federal investigators, who charged Aulet with making a false statement on the gun form.
Prosecutors believe Aulet sold the gun to a criminal, possibly the shooter in the North Miami homicide.
Aulet has been linked to other illegal guns, too.
A gun purchased by Aulet from Advance Firearms in Margate on March 17, 2021, was later recovered by the Riviera Beach Police Department, according to court records.
On June 2, Aulet purchased another gun from Advance Firearms. Twenty-nine days later, deputies with the St. Lucie Sheriff’s Office recovered the weapon, the records show.
The investigation into Aulet widened on July 8, when a detective from the Broward Sheriff’s Office gang unit saw photos of ammunition for sale while monitoring the Instagram account of a known Gangster Disciples member, according to the criminal complaint filed in Aulet’s federal case.
The records show that the detective, acting in an undercover capacity, set up a buy with the gang member, who is also a known felon. The detective purchased 100 rounds from a person acting as an intermediary, who said selling guns was his “main hustle,” records show.
Next, the detective purchased a pistol from the man for $1,400, followed by a Glock 9-millimeter pistol and seven other guns, the records show.
The detective saw four other Glocks in the seller’s car trunk, one of which was later sold to an unidentified buyer at Town Center at Boca Raton mall, federal records show.
All the guns the detective purchased by the BSO detective from the illegal seller were first purchased by Aulet, according to federal investigators with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Aulet posed “as the actual buyer, when in fact the firearms were being bought and provided to [illegal gun traffickers] who sold the firearms to the undercover detective and others,” the criminal complaint states.
“Based upon the unusual volume of firearms purchased by Aulet, firearms recovered in crimes, and the purchase of firearms by an undercover detective within days of Aulet’s purchase indicates a pattern of buying firearms consistent with straw purchasing,” ATF investigators wrote.
Records show Aulet has pleaded not guilty and is currently free on a $75,000 bond. He faces up to ten years in federal prison if convicted.
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- Kevin Deutsch is an award-winning crime journalist and author. A graduate of Florida International University, Kevin has worked on staff at The Miami Herald, New York Daily News, and The Palm Beach Post.
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