Two men snagged during a multiagency police sting pleaded no contest Thursday to trading illegal assault weapons for marijuana in Mendocino County Superior Court, the Mendocino County District Attorney’s Office reported.

Matthew Stephen Williams, 20, a former basketball player at Oakland’s Merritt College, and his friend, Christian Alfredo Alcantar, 20, of Reno, Nevada were arrested in Oakland in April after arranging to trade weapons for marijuana. Their marijuana dealers turned out to be undercover officers.

The Mendocino County Major Crimes Task Force seized four assault rifles, and some pistols and ammunition clips during the operation, officials said. The gun sales occurred between January and April 2017 in Mendocino, Sonoma and Alameda counties. Further details were not available.

Williams will be sentenced Aug. 4 to 136 months in prison, the District Attorney’s Office reported.

Alcantar, who participated in one deal, will serve a jail sentence of up to one year in the Low Gap jail and be on probation for up to five years.

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