For Immediate Release
Defendants Arraigned in International Firearms Trafficking Case
ATLANTA — Grevaughn Sanchez Goodman, Shavonte Justin Summers, Tranquilo G. Goodman and Demetrius Lamont Randolph, Jr. have been arraigned on federal charges of conspiracy to deal in firearms without a license. Additionally, Grevaughn Goodman was arraigned on a charge of firearms trafficking conspiracy in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 933(a)(3), a new statute passed by Congress in June 2022. A fifth defendant, Dexter Wellington Roberts, III, is not yet in federal custody. He is charged with conspiracy to deal in firearms without a license, firearms trafficking conspiracyf and smuggling.
“Illegally purchasing firearms on behalf of others is a serious crime that frequently places guns in the hands of individuals prohibited from possessing a firearm,” said U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Buchanan. “Many of the firearms allegedly traced to the defendants in this case were recovered from criminals in Canada.”
“Among ATF’s top priorities is ensuring that firearms traffickers are aggressively investigated and swiftly brought to justice. This is an excellent example of such an investigation that was worked cooperatively by multiple partner agencies with outstanding results,” said Acting Assistant Special Agent in Charge Raymond Connor.
According to U.S. Attorney Buchanan, the charges and other information presented in court: Beginning in mid-December 2022, Roberts allegedly began conspiring with a Canadian citizen and other individuals to obtain large numbers of firearms in the southeastern U.S. and to resell them to others, including in Canada and Mexico.
From December 2022 through February 2023, Roberts personally made retail purchases of at least 49 firearms. In January, Grevaughn Goodman allegedly began purchasing firearms for the conspiracy, buying more than 50 guns from January through April. Tranquilo Goodman, Grevaughn’s brother, allegedly joined the conspiracy by March and bought at least 11 firearms that month. Summers allegedly joined the conspiracy by May and bought over 50 firearms in May and June. Randolph allegedly joined the conspiracy in June 2023, and bought at least 10 guns over two days from five different licensed firearms dealers.
During the investigation of the conspiracy, law enforcement officers completed four bulk seizures of firearms, totaling over 120 weapons in all, and including a load of 47 firearms seized from Roberts in Henry County. Additionally, numerous other weapons allegedly purchased by defendants in this case have been seized by law enforcement throughout the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.
Grevaughn Goodman, aka “The General,” 23, of Homestead, Florida; Summers, 22, of Homestead, Florida; Tranquilo Goodman, 24, of Miramar, Florida; and Randolph, 23, of Homestead, Florida, were all arraigned before U.S. Magistrate Judge Linda T. Walker.
Roberts, aka “Science,” 43, of Austell, is not yet in federal custody. Roberts was arrested in mid-October in the Bahamas on another weapons charge. He is charged with conspiracy to deal in firearms without a license, dealing in firearms without a license, firearms trafficking conspiracy and smuggling. Roberts, Goodman, Summers, Goodman and Randolph were indicted by a federal grand jury on Oct. 24.
Members of the public are reminded that the indictment only contains charges. The defendant is presumed innocent of the charges and it will be the government’s burden to prove the defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt at trial.
This case is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, with assistance from U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS).
Assistant U.S. Attorney Alana R. Black is prosecuting the case.