NIBIN Success Story
Week of February 8, 2010
ATF / Columbus (OH) Division of Police / Washington (DC) Metropolitan PD
In November 2004, Columbus Division of Police responded to a drug-related homicide in the parking lot of an apartment complex where the victim sustained a fatal gunshot wound. In April 2005, ATF’s Washington (DC) Field Office identified a firearms trafficking ring that had trafficked firearms from Columbus to the Washington metropolitan area. ATF and Columbus Division of Police identified the primary trafficking suspect in Columbus as a person of interest in the homicide investigation. In November 2005, Washington Metropolitan Police Department recovered a firearm from a suspect that drew a firearm on an undercover officer during an undercover buy/bust operation. ATF traced the firearm to the firearms trafficking ring in Columbus. Using NIBIN, Columbus Division of Police matched the firearm to the homicide. In June 2008, following arrest and conviction for Federal firearms violations, the primary trafficking suspect was sentenced to 3 years Federal imprisonment. In May 2009, following conviction for involuntary manslaughter in Ohio, the same defendant was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment to be served consecutive to the Federal sentence.