Friday, June 23, 2017

ATF Offers Reward in Gun Store Burglary

ATF, Montgomery Police Department and the firearms industry seek the public’s help in firearms theft from the Gun Shoppe.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms industry, are offering a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction for those responsible for the theft of firearms from the Gun Shoppe, a federal firearm licensee (FFL). The reward is being offered in conjunction with the Montgomery Police Department’s investigation into the June 19th theft.
On June 19, 2017, the Gun Shoppe, 2766 Bell Road, Montgomery, was burglarized and approximately 4 rifles were reported stolen to the Montgomery Police Department. ATF industry operations investigators are in the process of conducting an inventory to determine the exact number of firearms stolen.

ATF is offering the reward in the amount of up to $2,500, which will be matched by the NSSF for a total reward of up to $5,000. This reward is part of a larger national cooperative initiative between the NSSF and ATF in which NSSF matches ATF’s reward in cases involving the theft of firearms from federally licensed firearms retailers. ATF works closely with members of the firearm industry to curb the criminal acquisition and misuse of firearms.

Anyone with information about this crime should contact the ATF at (800) ATF-GUNS (1-800-283-4867), CrimeStoppers (334) 215-STOP or the Montgomery Police Department (334)625-2832. Information also can be sent to ATF via the mobile app (link is external) by using the Nashville field division as the location.

Smith County Men Sentenced for Drug Trafficking Violations

TYLER, Texas – Two Tyler, Texas men have been sentenced to federal prison for drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston today.

Hubert Wright, 60, pleaded guilty on Jan. 9, 2017, to possessing with intent to distribute over 500 grams of cocaine and possessing firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking. Wright was sentenced to 120 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Ron Clark.

Kevin Williams, 38, pleaded guilty on Jan. 10, 2017, to possessing with intent to distribute crack and powder cocaine and was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison today by Judge Clark.

According to information presented in court, on May 5, 2016, Williams drove Nyrearae Lewis to the residence of Wright so that Lewis could sell drugs to Wright. Lewis was in possession of approximately 130 grams of powder cocaine when he got into Williams’ vehicle, to go to Wright’s house. Once at Wright’s house, Williams watched while Wright and Lewis converted some of the cocaine to approximately 44 grams of crack cocaine. Wright ultimately declined to purchase any cocaine from Lewis, so Lewis departed the residence with the cocaine he brought to the residence, including the 44 grams of newly converted crack cocaine. Soon after, Williams was pulled over by local law enforcement and the drugs were seized. Williams was indicted by a federal grand jury on Oct. 5, 2016.

On May 19, 2016, federal agents executed a search warrant at Wright’s residence in the 500 block of West 4th Street in Tyler. During the search, agents discovered and seized three handguns, a rifle, a shotgun, multiple rounds of ammunition, $335,095.00 in currency, two computers, and approximately 2.5 kilograms of cocaine. All of the seized property was found in a recording studio within the residence. Agents also discovered plates, utensils, plastic bags, digital scales, and a currency counter inside the recording studio. Wright was indicted by a federal grand jury on Aug. 24, 2016.

These cases were investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Tyler Police Department, Texas Department of Public Safety – Law Enforcement Division, and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Noble.

Apopka Resident Sentenced to More Than 15 Years for Mutliple Gun and Drug Charges

Orlando, Florida – U.S. District Judge Paul G. Byron today sentenced Jesse B. Ingram, Jr. (35, Apopka) to 15 years and 5 months in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm, attempting to possess with the intent to distribute a controlled substance, and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. He pleaded guilty on March 29, 2017.

According to court documents, Ingram possessed a firearm while attempting to distribute a substance that he believed was heroin. As a previously convicted felon, he is prohibited from carrying a firearm or ammunition under federal law.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, and the Apopka Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Sean P. Shecter.

This is another case prosecuted as a part of the Department of Justice’s “Project Safe Neighborhoods” Program - a nationwide, gun-violence reduction strategy. Acting United States Attorney W. Stephen Muldrow, along with Daryl R. McCrary, Special Agent in Charge, ATF, is coordinating the Project Safe Neighborhoods effort here in the Middle District of Florida in cooperation with federal, state, and local law enforcement officials.