For Immediate Release
Convicted Felon and Grape Street Crip Gang Member Sentenced to 10 Years for Drug and Firearms Offenses
Memphis, TN – Caery Gorman, 45, has been sentenced to 121 months in federal prison for distribution of methamphetamine and for being a convicted felon in possession of firearms. Acting U.S. Attorney Joseph C. Murphy Jr., announced the sentence today.
According to information presented in court, between April and June 2018, agents with the DEA and ATF were investigating Gorman as a heroin and methamphetamine supplier here in the Western District of Tennessee, as part of a larger investigation into the Grape Street Crips Street Gang. Agents utilized a Confidential Informant in conjunction with an Undercover Agent (UCA) on three separate occasions to purchase heroin, methamphetamine and firearms directly from Gorman.
On April 26, 2018, the UCA arranged to purchase ICE ("methamphetamine") from Gorman at his home. This substance tested positive for methamphetamine with a weight of 77 grams. Further testing at the DEA lab, confirmed it was methamphetamine with a 98% purity. The second buy, on June 5, 2018, the UCA met again at Gorman’s home in Memphis to purchase 178 grams of suspected heroin for $3600 and a Sig Sauer 9 mm pistol for $450. On June 14, 2018, the UCA purchased 85 grams of suspected heroin for $2400 and 4 guns- a S&W .40 caliber, a 7.62x39 mm AK style pistol, and two Taurus .380 caliber pistols. The guns were confirmed to be manufactured outside the state of Tennessee and therefore traveled in interstate commerce.
Gorman is a convicted felon, having previously been convicted of possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute. As a result of his prior felony convictions, he is prohibited by federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition.
On April 13, 2021, the defendant pled guilty to distribution of methamphetamine (50 grams or more) as well as being a convicted felon in possession of multiple firearms on two separate occasions.
On July 22, 2021, U.S. District Judge Sheryl H. Lipman sentenced Gorman to 121 months in federal prison to be followed by five years supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system.
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).
Assistant U.S. Attorney Melanie Cox prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.