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

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.

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