For Immediate Release
Birmingham Man Arrested in Mississippi for Unlawful Dealing in Firearms
Indictment Unsealed January 15, 2021
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – On Thursday, January 14, 2021, a Birmingham man was arrested in the Southern District of Mississippi, announced U.S. Attorney Prim F. Escalona and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Explosives and Firearms (ATF) Special Agent in Charge Mickey French.
A 21-count indictment filed in U.S. District Court charges JECOREY TYSHAWN EDWARDS ALLEN, 26, with one count of dealing in firearms without a license, one count of traveling across state lines while dealing in firearms without a license, and 19 counts of falsifying information on firearm acquisition records. A federal grand jury in the Northern District of Alabama indicted Allen on January 29, 2020.
According to the indictment, between November 2018 through July of 2019, Allen purchased at least 19 pistols from several licensed Birmingham firearm dealers and traveled out of state to sell the illegally purchased guns. Allen falsified the ATF form 4473, specifically stating that he was the actual purchaser when in fact he was purchasing the firearms for other individuals. ATF form 4473 is a form purchasers must complete when buying a gun from a licensed firearm dealer.
The maximum penalty for dealing in firearms without a license is five years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and no more than three years of supervised release. The maximum penalty for crossing state lines while dealing in firearms without a license is 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and no more than three years of supervised release. The maximum penalty for each count of falsifying information on ATF form 4473 is 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and no more than three years of supervised release.
The ATF investigated the case, which Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan Cross is prosecuting.
An indictment contains only charges. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.