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Final Defendant Receives 31-Year-Sentence in Kemp’s Pharmacy Burglary

December 6, 2011

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Wayne Evans, 31, was sentenced to 380 months in federal prison and 36 months supervised release yesterday, by U.S. District Court Judge B. Avant Edenfield, of the Southern Judicial District of Georgia. Evans was found guilty by a jury trial on July 13, to several firearms-related charges. Wayne Evans, aka Smiley, of New York, N.Y., and co-defendant Jordy Melvin, of Claxton, Ga., were indicted in a six-count indictment on Dec. 7, 2010. The pair was charged with Conspiracy in violation of Title 18 U.S.C. Section 371, Theft of Firearms in violation of Title 18 U.S.C. section 924(l), Theft from a Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL) in violation of Title 18 U.S.C. Section 922(u) and Receiving Stolen Firearms in violation of Title 18 U.S.C. Section 922(j). More »

ATF Executes 50 Plus Warrants in Undercover Organized Tobacco Diversion Sting

October 19, 2011

ATLANTA – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Atlanta Field Division, together with officials from the Georgia Attorney General’s Office, Georgia Department of Revenue, the Gwinnett County District Attorney’s Office, the Lawrenceville Police Department, and the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Department, announced today a large-scale enforcement operation involving the execution of multiple arrest, search, and seizure warrants in connection with the illegal trafficking of cigarettes in Georgia.More »

Savannah Residents Sentenced on Federal Firearms, Narcotics Charges

October 14, 2011

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Several Savannah residents were recently sentenced to serve time after being convicted on varying federal firearms and narcotic related charges.More »

New Leader for ATF Atlanta Field Division

September 9, 2011

ATLANTA – Scott D. Sweetow has been named the Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Atlanta Field Division, which encompasses the entire state of Georgia. Sweetow began his career with ATF in 1990 in Los Angeles and most recently served as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) of the Atlanta Field Division.More »

New York Man Sentenced to Prison in Connection with Straw Purchases of Approximately 16 Firearms in Georgia

August 29, 2011

ATLANTA, GA – GERRY PAGE, 29, of Queens, New York, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Thomas W. Thrash, Jr., to federal prison on charges of conspiring to make false statements to a federally licensed firearms dealer in Jonesboro, Georgia. Purchases of guns in this manner, where the actual purchaser and owner conceals his involvement from the seller of the firearm, are commonly known as straw purchases.More »

ATF Offers $3K Reward for Information on Retail Gun Theft

August 9, 2011

ATLANTA – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Atlanta Field Division today announced a reward of up to $3,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for a recent firearms theft at E Pawn Shop, a federally licensed gun dealer in Griffin, Ga. The incident has triggered a joint investigation, being conducted by ATF and the Griffin Police Department.More »

Operation ATL Blaze, an ATF and APD Operation, Nets Convicted Felons, Parole Violators, and Burglars Who Trafficked Firearms, And Sold Drugs and Stolen Merchandise to Undercover Agents

June 29, 2011

ATLANTA, GA – Federal and state grand juries have indicted 49 people on firearms, drug trafficking, and theft charges relating to a storefront sting operation operated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Atlanta Police Department. The storefront sting targeted convicted felons and other dangerous criminals who traffic guns in high-crime areas of Atlanta. Federal and state officials announced the arrests at a news conference this afternoon at the Richard B. Russell Federal Building in Atlanta, while the federal defendants appeared today before United States Magistrate Judge Janet F. King. The defendants indicted in Fulton County will make appearances in state court later this week. More »

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

May 5, 2011

BREMEN, Ga. — Special Agent in Charge Gregory K. Gant of the Atlanta Field Division, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) today announced ATF is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the persons responsible for the theft of firearms that occurred at Brother’s Pawn Shop, 218 Alabama Ave., a federal firearms licensee in Bremen. The burglary occurred on April 18.More »

Methamphetamine Distributor Receives 19 Year Sentence

April 14, 2011

ATLANTA, GA — JUSTIN THOMAS HENRY, 29, of Atlanta, Georgia, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Timothy C. Batten, Sr., to serve 19 years in federal prison on charges of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and possession of a firearm.More »

71 Defendants Charged with Gun and Drug Trafficking Offenses after Undercover Investigation

March 16, 2011

AUGUSTA, GA – Forty–one federal indictments, today unsealed in federal court, have charged 51 defendants with federal firearm, drug trafficking or other federal offenses. Twenty additional defendants were charged by Richmond County authorities on related state firearm and drug charges. The federal and state charges follow an 18-month undercover investigation in the Augusta area dubbed Operation Fox Hunt. More »

Augusta Man Sentenced to 225 Months Imprisonment for Being a Career Criminal in Possession of a Firearm

March 7, 2011

AUGUSTA, GA: Bobby Lee Roberson, 44, of Hephzibah, Georgia, was sentenced today before United States District Court Judge J. Randal Hall to 225 months in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Roberson was sentenced under the Armed Career Criminal Act, which requires those who have at least three previous convictions for violent felonies or serious drug offenses be imprisoned for at least 15 years.More »

ATF Offers $5K Reward for Information on Gun Store Robbery

January 28, 2011

ATLANTA — A reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and convictions of those responsible for a recent firearms armed robbery at Direct Gold Outlet, a federally licensed gun dealer in Covington, Georgia, was announced today by Gregory K. Gant, Special Agent in Charge of the Atlanta Field Division, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). The owners of Direct Gold Outlet are pleading with the public to come forward with any information that would help recover the stolen firearms. This crime has triggered a joint investigation between ATF and the Newton County Sheriff’s Department. More »

Defendants Plead Guilty to Conspiring to Send Firearms to Mexico

January 19, 2011

ATLANTA, GA — DARIO RODRIGUEZ-GOMEZ, 28, of Doraville, Georgia and MANUEL GAMEZ-VALENZUELA, 46, of Atlanta, Georgia, have pleaded guilty in federal district court to conspiring to transport semi-automatic assault rifles to Mexico. RODRIGUEZ-GOMEZ also pleaded guilty to being illegal aliens in possession of firearms. A co-defendant in the same case, DANIEL BERNAL-PEREZ, 35, of Doraville, Georgia, has pleaded guilty to being an illegal alien in possession of firearms. More »