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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

District of Arizona

www.justice.gov/usao/az

For Immediate Release

July 31, 2012

John S. Leonardo, United States Attorney

Contact: Bill Solomon
602.514.7547

FELON SENTENCED TO 10 YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR POSSESSING FIREARMS

PHOENIX – On July 30, 2012, Darrell Lee Mayo, 28, of Phoenix, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Susan R. Bolton to 120 months in federal prison. On March 7, 2012, a federal jury found Mayo guilty of five counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

This case stems from Operation 602 Exchange, which was an undercover operation conducted at a west valley secondhand shop. According to court documents and evidence presented at trial, Mayo sold seven firearms to undercover agents and officers on five separate occasions between November 2010 and January 2011. Mayo was prohibited from possessing firearms due to his prior felony convictions. Mayo's lengthy criminal record includes convictions for aggravated assault, misconduct involving weapons, money laundering and assisting a criminal street gang.

The investigation in this case was conducted by the ATF and the Phoenix Police Department. The prosecution was handled by Robert K. Lu and Mark J. Wenker, Assistant U.S. Attorneys, District of Arizona, Phoenix.

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