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ATF Drug Dealers Who Attempted to Trade Machine Gun and Assault Weapons for Drugs Sentenced in Federal Court

December 17, 2010

ATLANTA, GA — MARK ANTHONY BECKFORD, 43, and RANDY VANA HAILE, JR., 29, both of Atlanta, Georgia, were sentenced today by United States District Court Judge Thomas W. Thrash, Jr. on federal drug and firearms charges for attempting to provide who they thought were Mexican cartel traffickers with assault weapons, including a machine gun, in exchange for kilograms of cocaine and marijuana.More »

ATF ATF Offers $10K Reward for Information on Retail Gun Theft

November 22, 2010

ATLANTA — A reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and convictions of those responsible for a recent firearms armed robbery at Welsh Pawn Shop, a federally licensed gun dealer in Savannah, Ga. was announced today by Gregory K. Gant, Special Agent in Charge of the Atlanta Field Division, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). Savannah/Chatham County Crime Stoppers has pledged a reward of up to $2,500 for the arrest of those responsible for the robbery. More »

ATF Offers $5k Reward for Information on Retail Gun Theft

October 29, 2010

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Atlanta Field Division today announced a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for a recent firearms theft at American Classic Marksman, a federally licensed gun dealer in Norcross, Ga. The incident has triggered a joint investigation, being conducted by ATF and the Gwinnett County Police Department. More »

Defendants Convicted After Week-Long Trial of Trading Machine Gun, Assault Weapons for Drugs

September 14, 2010

A jury in federal district court returned a guilty verdict today against MARK ANTHONY BECKFORD, 43, and RANDY VANA HAILE, JR., 29, both of Atlanta, Georgia, on federal drug and firearms charges for attempting to provide Mexican cartel traffickers with assault weapons, including a machine gun, in exchange for kilograms of cocaine and marijuana. More »

Counterfeit Cigarettes Lead to Prison

September 1, 2010

AMADOU BAH, a/k/a MAMAGAM ABDUL BALDE, 39, of New York, New York; KENNETH CLEE, 46, of Jonesboro; and MAMADU DJALO, 49, of New York, New York, were sentenced today by Senior United States District Judge J. Owen Forrester to serve terms in federal prison of up to 21 months on charges of trafficking in counterfeit cigarettes. More »

ATF Offers $5k Reward for Information on Retail Gun Theft

August 25, 2010

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Atlanta Field Division today announced a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and convictions of those responsible for a recent firearms theft at Kemp’s Pharmacy, a federal firearm licensee in Claxton, Ga. More »

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Three Federal Agents Receive United States Attorney’s Award

August 25, 2010

Edward J. Tarver, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia, announced the 2010 recipients of the District’s annual United States Attorney’s Award. ATF Special Agent Louis Valoze, DEA Special Agent Michael Sarhatt and Department of Defense Special Agent Clifford Curington each received the United States Attorney’s Award in a ceremony recently hosted by Mr. Tarver. More »

89 Defendants Charged on Gun, Drug Trafficking or Related Offenses Following 9-Month Undercover Investigation

August 10, 2010

34 federal indictments, today unsealed in federal court, have charged 57 defendants with federal firearm, drug trafficking or other federal offenses. 32 additional defendants were charged by Glynn County authorities on related state firearm and drug charges. The federal and state charges follow a 9-month undercover investigation dubbed “Operation Thunderbolt.” More »

Southern District of Georgia Recognized at Annual Project Safe Neighborhoods Awards Ceremony

July 19, 2010

The Department of Justice last week announced the recipients of the annual Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Achievement Awards in a ceremony hosted by Acting Deputy Attorney General Gary G. Grindler at the PSN national conference in New Orleans. Recipients were chosen from a large pool of nominations submitted by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices across the nation. More »

Convicted Felon Sentenced to 8 Years in Federal Prison for Gun Possession

July 2, 2010

KEVIN RODRICK GREENE, 39, of Grovetown, Georgia, was sentenced yesterday by United States District Judge J. Randal Hall to serve 8 years in federal prison on a charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. More »

Marietta Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Attempting to Hire an Undercover Hitman

June 23, 2010

ANTHONY TODD SAXON, 34, of Keysville, Georgia, was ordered yesterday detained without bond by United States Magistrate Judge W. Leon Barfield. SAXON’s detention arises from five federal charges filed last week after his June 15 arrest on the Fort Gordon Military Reservation. More »

Keysville Man Arrested for Impersonating Ft. Gordon Officer Detained Without Bond

June 22, 2010

ANTHONY TODD SAXON, 34, of Keysville, Georgia, was ordered yesterday detained without bond by United States Magistrate Judge W. Leon Barfield. SAXON’s detention arises from five federal charges filed last week after his June 15 arrest on the Fort Gordon Military Reservation. More »

Last of 57 Defendants Sentenced on Federal Charges Arising From Undercover Investigation

June 17, 2010

MICHAEL HENDRIX, 33, from Statesboro, Georgia, was sentenced on Tuesday by Senior Judge B. Avant Edenfield to 8 years in prison and 6 years of supervised release on his cocaine and prescription drug trafficking conviction. HENDRIX’s sentencing marked the end of Operation “Statesboro Blues,” an undercover operation that netted the convictions of 57 defendants on firearm, drug and other federal crimes. More »

Two Sentenced to Federal Prison in Firearms Theft

May 28, 2010

JOE DANIEL TANTURRI, 25, of Cartersville, Georgia; LINDSEY GRAVITT, 22, of Cartersville, Georgia; and LONNY GRAVITT, 42, of Rydal, Georgia, were sentenced today by United States District Judge Richard W. Story on charges related to the theft of 40 firearms stolen from a licensed federal firearms dealer in Jasper, Georgia. More »

Reward Offered for Information on Retail Gun Theft

May 6, 2010

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Atlanta Field Division today announced a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of those responsible for a recent firearms theft at Pannell’s Firearms, located at 10102 Main Street in Woodstock, Ga. More »

Carjacker Gets 27 Years in Prison

April 30, 2010

JUAN RAMON WINFREY, 39, of Atlanta, Georgia, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Orinda D. Evans to serve 27 years in federal prison on charges of armed carjacking, using a firearm to commit a crime of violence, and being a felon in possession of a firearm. More »

Family Members Convicted of Gun Trafficking by Jury

April 29, 2010

A jury in federal district court late this afternoon returned guilty verdicts against HASSAN AWALI, 42, and BARBARA CLEVELAND, 52, both of Gordon, Georgia, on charges of lying to a firearms dealer for the purpose of illegally buying guns. More »

Fairburn Man Going to Prison on Multiple Charges After Making a Device Packed With Bullets & Hypodermic Needles

March 18, 2010

William David Oxford, 29, of Fairburn, Georgia, was sentenced today in federal court to serve over 5 years in federal prison on charges of drug trafficking, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and possession of a sawed-off shotgun and a poorly-assembled homemade device (improvised explosive device/ “IED”). More »

Firearms Trafficking Ring Dismantled

March 12, 2010

Jeffrey Martin Colon Moore, 26, of Canton, Georgia; Crystal Davis, 26, of Canton, Georgia; Alexander Quinn, 36, of Oakland, California, and Danny Bill Davis, 56, of Canton, Georgia, were sentenced today by United States District Judge Thomas W. Thrash for their roles in a firearms trafficking conspiracy. More »

ATF National Response Team Activated to Investigate Montezuma Warehouse Fire

February 19, 2010

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) National Response Team, along with ATF special agents from the Atlanta Field Division, have entered the investigation of a commercial warehouse fire that occurred on February 12, 2010, in Montezuma, Georgia. More »

Fulton County, Ga. Explosives Detection Canine Helps Miami Prepare for Super Bowl XLIV

February 5, 2010

Not everyone participating in this year’s Super Bowl is a football player. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (ATF) have fielded their best players to help prepare for a safe and secure Super Bowl XLIV. These pros include ATF K-9 explosives detection teams that have been deployed to Miami from around the country. The K-9 teams are working side-by-side with other federal, state and local law-enforcement officers to keep the football teams and fans safe throughout this event. More »

Three-Time Convicted Felon sentenced to 15 Years in Federal Prison For Gun Possession

January 14, 2010

MARCUS LAMAR HARDY, 30, of Atlanta, Georgia, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Beverly B. Martin to serve 15 years in federal prison on charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. More »

Arsonists Who Set Fire to Adult Club Sentenced to Prison

January 5, 2010

BOYD SMITH, 41, of Atlanta, Georgia; SANDEO PABLO DYSON, 46, of Gainesville, Georgia; and HOWARD “BIT” THROWER, 52, of Alpharetta, Georgia, were sentenced today by Chief District Court Judge Julie E. Carnes relating to a conspiracy to burn down “Club Onyx,” an adult entertainment establishment in Atlanta, just after New Year’s Day 2007. More »