RICHMOND, Va. – The Department of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) has confirmed that the agency arrested Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley after he reportedly tried to purchase more than $17 million worth of Glock pistols from undercover ATF agents disguised as Cabela’s employees.
The ATF reportedly arrested Milley, 57, along with a group of unknown men dressed in black leather boots, tactical khaki slacks and button up polo shirts.
“We basically went through the process like we were actually going to sell him 30,000 of Glocks and then let the ATF guys pounce on him,” according to Jesse Hacker, manager of the Richmond, Va., Cabela’s store where Milley was arrested. “Can you believe that guy?”
Investigators said Milley refused to provide identification and on the official federal affidavit presented himself as “M.A Millions.”
The ATF first took notice of Milley after comments he made about “showing up to Cabellas with $17 million” were widely shared on websites frequented by right wingers, ex-military, and military contractors, according to ATF Agent Coleman Schreck.
“One of the first signs that he had a large sum of money was when he first bought a new Mustang and Dodge Charger on the same day,” Schreck said. “You would think this guy just signed a re-enlistment contract or whatever it is generals do.”
Authorities however believe Milley purchased the vehicles to bribe several unknown accomplices into keeping the plan secret.
Milley had previously complained to congress about the slow and expensive process that Army has to endure in order to field a new service pistol.
“Basically what happened was a lack of oversight, free rein, a barracks party,” said Criminal Investigations Command spokesman Laine Bheriot.
At the end of it all, what Milley did not know was that Pentagon planners had already chosen to go a military grade version of the popular "Nerf N-Strike Elite Firestrike Blaster" by Hasbro, after the customarily long and expensive testing and redesigning process.