For Immediate Release
Long Island Trafficker of Firearms, Including "Ghost Guns,” Sentenced to 46 Months in Prison
Earlier today, in federal court in Central Islip, Jeramya Sloan, also known as “JuJu,” was sentenced by United States District Judge Joanna Seybert to 46 months’ imprisonment for illegally selling eight firearms – including several privately made firearms, or “ghost guns” – in Suffolk County. Sloan pleaded guilty to firearms trafficking in June 2022.
Breon Peace, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, announced the sentence.
“This case reflects the efforts of this Office, together with our law enforcement partners, to reduce gun violence in our district. We will arrest and prosecute those who traffic firearms and contribute to the proliferation of untraceable ghost guns, which threaten public safety,” stated United States Attorney Peace. “The recovery of each and every gun sold by Sloan potentially prevented death or serious injury.”
Mr. Peace also thanked the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, New York Division (ATF), the Suffolk County Police Department, and the United States Postal Inspection Service, for their work in this case.
According to court filings and statements made during court proceedings, from approximately December 2019 through January 2021, Sloan sold eight firearms to someone he believed was a member of the Bloods street gang, at locations throughout Suffolk County. Specifically, Sloan sold: (1) a .45 caliber Ruger P97DC semi-automatic pistol; (2) a .22 caliber High Standard MFG Corp revolver; (3) a .22 caliber Smith & Wesson M&P semi-automatic pistol; (4) a .40 caliber Smith & Wesson SW40VE semi-automatic pistol, with an obliterated serial number; (5) a 9-millimeter Polymer80 type semi-automatic pistol, bearing no make, model or serial number (also known as a “ghost gun”); (6) a 9-millimeter FMK G2 semi-automatic pistol; (7) a .45 caliber Polymer80 type semi-automatic pistol “ghost gun,” with a loaded magazine; and (8) a 9-millimeter Polymer80 type semi-automatic pistol “ghost gun,” along with a MasterPiece Arms MAC 10 9-millimeter high-capacity magazine. The .45 caliber Ruger was traced to another purchaser, who originally bought the firearm in approximately March 2005 from a store in Columbia, South Carolina. The .22 caliber Smith & Wesson was traced to another purchaser, who originally bought the firearm in approximately May 2012 from a store in Oneonta, New York. The other firearms could not be traced. At the time of Sloan’s arrest on November 9, 2021, ammunition was recovered from his residence in Selden.
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. As part of the program, U.S. Attorney’s Offices work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and their local communities to develop effective, locally based strategies to reduce violent crime. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York is currently partnering with the SCPD, the New York City Police Department (NYPD), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), ATF, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations (DHS/HSI), and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in its PSN mission.
The government’s case is being handled by the Office’s Long Island Criminal Division. Assistant United States Attorney Justina L. Geraci is in charge of the prosecution.