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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Middle District of Florida

For Immediate Release

Thursday, August 18, 2016
A. Lee Bentley, III
, United States Attorney
Contact: William Daniels

Duval County Man Sentenced to Five Years in Federal Prison on Counterfeit Currency and Firearms Charges

Jacksonville, Florida – U.S. District Judge Brian J. Davis today sentenced Deryck Dean Barcous (27, Jacksonville) to 46 months in federal prison for selling counterfeit Federal Reserve notes and for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. In a companion case, Judge Davis sentenced Barcous to 14 months’ imprisonment for violating his federal supervised release. At the time Barcous committed these new criminal offenses, he was on federal supervised release for passing counterfeit Federal Reserve notes.   

According to court documents, on October 20, 2015, Barcous sold $3,640 in counterfeit currency to a confidential source (CS) working on behalf of law enforcement. During that transaction, Barcous displayed a firearm and offered to sell it to the CS. In a follow-up meeting two days later, Barcous sold the CS $5,600 in counterfeit currency and a loaded firearm and ammunition. He was subsequently arrested. Further investigation revealed that Barcous had four prior felony convictions. As a convicted felon, he is prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition under federal law.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, and the United States Secret Service -Jacksonville Field Office. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kevin C. Frein.

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Field Division: Tampa Field Division