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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Western District of Oklahoma

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, February 13, 2024
Robert J. "Bob" Troester
, United States Attorney

Domestic Call Leads to 163 Months in Federal Prison for Convicted Felon

Man Illegally Possessed Machinegun Conversion Device, Firearm, and Methamphetamine for Distribution

OKLAHOMA CITY — Travelle Lamont Lathan, 30, of Oklahoma City, has been sentenced to serve 163 months in federal prison for illegally possessing a firearm after a previous felony conviction, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and possession of a machinegun, announced U.S. Attorney Robert J. Troester.

According to public record, Oklahoma City Police Officers responded to a domestic violence 911 call in November 2022. During the investigation, officers recovered more than 195 grams of methamphetamine, several rounds of ammunition, and a handgun from Lathan’s apartment. An agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) determined the firearm had been modified with an illegal machinegun conversion device, commonly known as a “switch,” which converted the semi-automatic weapon into a fully automatic machinegun.

Public record further reflects that Lathan holds multiple prior felony convictions, including possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and attempting to elude an officer in Cleveland County District Court case number CF-2018-1045, and Trafficking in Drugs and Unlawful Use of a Weapon in St. Louis, Missouri, case number 1722-CR-1881-01.

On Dec. 7, 2022, a federal grand jury returned a five-count Indictment against Lathan, charging him with being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime, possession of a machinegun and felon in possession of ammunition.

On May 5, 2023, Lathan pleaded guilty to counts 1, 2 and 4 of the Indictment, and admitted to possessing methamphetamine, which he intended to distribute, and the handgun which had been modified with a switch to operate as a machinegun.

At the sentencing hearing, U.S. District Judge Scott L. Palk sentenced Lathan to serve 163 months in federal prison. In announcing his sentence, Judge Palk noted the significance of Lathan possessing the machinegun along with a 50 round drum and a pistol-caliber ballistic vest and also took into account the domestic assault.

This case is the result of an investigation by ATF and the Oklahoma City Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel Gridley prosecuted the case.

This case is part of “Operation 922” and “Project Switch Off”, the Western District of Oklahoma’s local implementation of Project Safe Neighborhoods, the Department of Justice’s signature initiative to reduce gun violence and enforce federal firearms laws. “Operation 922” prioritizes prosecution of federal firearms violations connected to domestic violence. “Project Switch Off” targets illegal machinegun conversion devices to address the significant danger these illegal devises present and remove them from our streets.

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