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Abilene man, 72, charged with firearm smuggling, money laundering

By Elizabeth Weiss, Crime/Courts Reporter, eweiss@ktxs.com
Published On: Aug 11 2014 07:41:26 PM CDT
Updated On: Aug 12 2014 12:18:08 PM CDT
Charles Hardin Camp

Charles Hardin Camp, 72, of Abilene, was arrested during August 2014 on charges of firearm smuggling and money laundering. According to court documents, Camp, a previous co-owner of the Abilene Gold Exchange,  knowingly acquired and unlawfully sold firearms, making between $1,500 and $20,000. Camp also "engaged in the business of transporting and transferring firearms," according to the court documents.

ABILENE, Texas -

A 72-year-old Abilene man turned himself in to police Monday on charges of firearm smuggling and money laundering.

According to court documents, Charles Hardin Camp, a previous co-owner of the Abilene Gold Exchange,  knowingly acquired and unlawfully sold firearms, making between $1,500 and $20,000. Camp also "engaged in the business of transporting and transferring firearms," according to the court documents.

A grand jury indicted Camp on both charges last week.

According to records, Camp had previously served time for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He had been in state prison on a drug charge before that. Camp also served time in December of 2013 after he and his co-owner, Marcus Cass, were investigated of failing to enter tax records. When police had entered the store to arrest both Cass and Camp, Cass pulled a gun on police and he was shot dead.

For the most recent offense, Camp is charged with third-degree felony firearm smuggling and state jail felony money laundering. He has since been released from the Taylor County Jail on bonds totaling $10,000.