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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Northern District of West Virginia

For Immediate Release

Thursday, January 24, 2019
William J. Powell
, United States Attorney

A Magnolia County Man Sentenced for Firearms Conspiracy Charge

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Tommy Calhoun, of Morgantown, West Virginia, was sentenced to 12 months incarceration for his involvement in an illegal firearms operation, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Calhoun, age 53, pled guilty to one count of “Conspiracy to Violate Federal Firearms Laws” in May 2018. Calhoun admitted to being involved in a conspiracy that included making false statements to purchase firearms, trading firearms for controlled substances, and transporting and selling the firearms in New York. The crime occurred in Morgantown, Monongalia County and elsewhere from May 2017 to June 2017. 

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN). Project Safe Neighborhoods is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Zelda E. Wesley prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives investigated.

Senior U.S. District Judge Irene M. Keeley presided.

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Louisville Field Division