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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

For Immediate Release

August 26, 2013

www.atf.gov

Contacts: Special Agent Michael Knight, PIO, ATF

(615) 335-7120


Peggy Sanford, Public Information Officer

United States Attorney’s Office, (205) 244-2020


Brent Blakely, Public Information Officer

Tuscaloosa Police Department, (205) 248-4845

Tuscaloosa Enforcement Operation Nets 3 Arrests

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Tuscaloosa Police Department arrest three more individuals as the result of an ongoing effort to reduce crime in Tuscaloosa. Chester Galloway, 39; Chiquita Watkins, 29; and Rakeem Evins, 25, all from Tuscaloosa were taken into custody this past week as part of ATF’s Frontline strategy to reduce violent crime.

“Individuals using firearms in commission of violent crimes pose a great danger to the public and the law enforcement officers who encounter them, making this ongoing collaborative enforcement effort vitally important,” said Jeff Fulton, special agent in charge of ATF’s Nashville Field Division.

“The operation in Tuscaloosa is an outstanding example of what can be achieved in partnerships between federal and local law enforcement agencies,” U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance said. “ATF agents and Tuscaloosa police continue to remove violent offenders from the streets in that community, and we intend to see that those criminals end up in prison.”

This ongoing enforcement effort in Tuscaloosa has resulted in the federal conviction and sentencing of the following individuals:

  • Collin Blaylock – 26, Tuscaloosa, convicted of possession of a Title II firearm and sentenced to 31 months.
  • Keith Carlisle – 32, Tuscaloosa, convicted of use of a firearm in a drug/violent crime/possession of a controlled substance and sentenced to 49 months.
  • Tavoris Taylor – 30, Tuscaloosa, convicted of use of a firearm in a drug/violent crime, possession of a controlled substance and felon in possession of a firearm. Taylor was sentenced to 260 months.
  • Anthony Long – 39, Tuscaloosa, convicted of use of a firearm in a drug/violent crime/possession of a controlled substance and sentenced to 110 months.
  • Michael Tyson – 24, Tuscaloosa, convicted of use of a firearm in a drug/violent crime/possession of a controlled substance and sentenced to 68 months.

Tuscaloosa Police Chief Steven D. Anderson stated, “We are pleased that every effort was made to apprehend the additional suspects. The Tuscaloosa Police Department looks forward to continuing our relationship and working with ATF and the State Attorney’s Office to get these suspects and any future suspects sent away for the crimes they have committed.”

This operation was an intense, several month investigation carried out by ATF and the Tuscaloosa Police Department targeting firearms and drug traffickers.

For more information about ATF and its programs, go to www.atf.gov.

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