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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

District of Colorado

For Immediate Release

May 7, 2012

John F. Walsh, United States Attorney

Contact: Jeff Dorschner, Spokesman, Public Affairs Officer

Lakewood Resident Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison for Being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm and for Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Distribute

DENVER – Curtis Alan David, age 22, of Lakewood, Colorado, was sentenced last Friday, May 4, 2012 by U.S. District Court Judge Philip A. Brimmer to serve 120 months (10 years) in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm and for possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, the U.S. Attorney's Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) announced. David, who appeared at the hearing in custody, was remanded.

David was indicted by a federal grand jury in Denver on September 15, 2011. He pled guilty before Judge Brimmer on February 2, 2012. David was sentenced on May 4, 2012.

According to court documents, including the stipulated facts contained in the plea agreement, on May 31, 2011 a confidential informant notified the ATF that David, a felon, potentially possessed firearms. Further investigation revealed that David was selling firearms and cocaine. In June of 2011, David sold the confidential informant a 9 mm semi-automatic handgun for $325 and a SKS assault rifle for $600. David also sold 50 plus grams of cocaine to the confidential informant. Most of the transactions took place outside the defendant's Lakewood residence. One transaction took place in Denver.

The defendant, who has two prior drug convictions, one for distribution of marijuana, and the other for possession with intent to distribute marijuana, is a convicted felon. David possessed the firearms prior to their sale, which is a violation of federal law.

The defendant continued to flaunt the law by selling cocaine and possessing firearms, said U.S. Attorney John Walsh. The defendant received a lengthy prison sentence, demonstrating the severity of his crime.

This is a case of mutual cooperation with our law enforcement partners, and an example of how combined resources can have an impact on violent crime by removing armed violent offenders from our communities, said Marvin Richardson, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives based in Denver.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives with substantial assistance from the Denver and Lakewood Police Departments.

David was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeremy Sibert.