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ATF Offers $2,500 Reward for Gun Store Burglary

December 8, 2011

ROANOKE RAPIDS, N.C. – Melvin D. King, Jr., Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Charlotte Field Division, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), has announced a reward of up to $2,500 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the persons responsible for a gun store burglary in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina. More »

ATF and the City of Asheville Offer $20,000 Reward for Medical Office Complex Building Fire

November 16, 2011

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the city of Asheville and Asheville–Buncombe Crime Stoppers are offering a combined reward of up to $20,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for setting the fire at the Medical Office Complex Building, 445 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville, N.C. Fire Department Captain Jeffery Scott Bowen was killed and over $10 million in damage occurred as a result of the fire. More »

Arrests Made Using Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative

November 9, 2011

FAYETTEVILLE – At a press conference in Fayetteville today, United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker and Fayetteville Police Chief Tom Bergamine, announced the continued effort to fight violent crime and gang-related activities through the participation and partnerships of federal, state, and local law enforcement in the Project Safe Neighborhoods Program. More »

Augusta, Georgia Armed Cocaine Trafficker Sentenced to 30 Years Imprisonment

September 27, 2011

Columbia, South Carolina — United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that Lamatavous Regtez Collins, a/k/a Red, age 32, of Augusta, Georgia, was sentenced late Monday afternoon in federal court in Columbia, South Carolina, for conspiracy to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine, a violation of Title 21 United States Code § 846. United States District Judge Margaret B. Seymour of Columbia sentenced Collins to 360 months (30 years) imprisonment followed by 5 years of supervised release. Collins was convicted after a jury trial in May of 2011. Judge Seymour also ordered that Collins pay a one million dollar ($1,000,000.00) money judgment to the United States based on the total value of the cocaine he distributed during the conspiracy. More »

Federal Jury Finds Charlotte Man Guilty of Armed Robbery, Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery and a Federal Firearms Violation

August 18, 2011

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A federal jury in the Western District of North Carolina, sitting in Charlotte, found a Charlotte man guilty of armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery and a federal arms violation announced Anne M. Tompkins, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. More »

Fatal Fire Determination Made at Medical Office Complex Building

August 4, 2011

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), along with criminal investigators with the Asheville Fire and Police Departments and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (NCSBI) have determined that the fire on July 28, 2011, at the Medical Office Complex Building, 445 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville, was deliberately set. Asheville Fire Department Captain Jeffrey Scott Bowen was killed and over $20 million in damage occurred as a result of the fire. More »

Gun–Trafficking Ring in the Greenview Community of Columbia Dismantled by Joint Efforts of ATF, Columbia Police, and US Attorney

August 3, 2011

Columbia, South Carolina — United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that Andre Moss, a/k/a "Dre" (22); Anthony Brevard, a/k/a "Amp" (20); Torrian Gleaton (22); Johnathan Bailey, a/k/a "Brandon" (21); Antonio Keller, a/k/a "Hollywood" (22); Allan Boyd (19); Travis Hayes, a/k/a "Trav" (21); and Dexter Clifford Savage, a/k/a "D–boi" (24) were sentenced to a combined 41 ½ years in prison as a result of an effort to focus on removing firearms and criminals from the Greenview Community in Columbia, SC. Mr. Nettles went on to say: "We are pleased to have helped the citizens of Greenview as they fight to ensure their community remains safe and civil. As part of our ongoing Project CeaseFire initiative, we will continue to devote resources to removing firearms and criminals from the Greenview Community so that residents can safely raise their families and enjoy their neighborhood." More »

ATF Offers $2,500 Reward for Gun Store Burglary

August 3, 2011

RALEIGH, N.C. – Zebedee T. Graham, Special Agent in Charge of the Charlotte Field Division, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), has announced a reward of up to $2,500 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the burglary of Bear Creek Gun Shop and Gunsmithing, 2411 E. Millbrook Avenue, Raleigh, North Carolina. This business is a federally licensed firearms dealer. More »

ATF National Response Team Activated to Asheville, NC

July 29, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) National Response Team (NRT), along with ATF special agents from the Charlotte Field Division, have entered the investigation of a commercial fire that occurred Thursday, July 28, 2011, at 445 Biltmore Avenue, in Asheville, North Carolina. The NRT responded at the request of the Asheville Fire Department. More »

Shooter Watkins Sentenced to 262 Months in ATF Firearm Investigation

June 30, 2011

Columbia, South Carolina – United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that Kenneth Lavar Watkins, a/k/a Shooter, age 25, was sentenced in federal court in Columbia, South Carolina, for possession with intent to distribute heroin (in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 841) and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offenses (in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 924(c)). United States District Judge Joseph F. Anderson, Jr. of Columbia sentenced Watkins to more than 21 years (262 months) of imprisonment to be followed by 6 years of supervised release. More »

Federal Jury Finds Charlotte Man Guilty of Conspiracy, Armed Robbery and Use of a Firearm

June 17, 2011

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A federal jury in the Western District of North Carolina, sitting in Charlotte, convicted Joseph Alexander Clinton, 35, of Charlotte, on conspiracy, armed robbery and use of a firearm, following a two-day trial which ended on Tuesday, June 14, 2011, announced Anne M. Tompkins, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.. More »

50-Count Indictment Returned Charging Raleigh Man in International Gun Trafficking Case

February 3, 2011

ARALEIGH — United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that yesterday a Federal Grand Jury returned a Superseding Indictment charging, STEVEN NEAL GREENOE, a United States citizen, in the illegal export of firearms from the United States to the United Kingdom. More »

ATF and Johnston County Sheriff’s join to offer a $7,500 reward for information leading to the arrest of person(s) involved Johnston County arsons

January 19, 2011

ATF and Johnston County Sheriff's join to offer a $7,500 reward for information leading to the arrest of person(s) involved Johnston County arsons More »