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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Friday, October 4, 2019
Andrew B. Birge
, United States Attorney
Contact: Breane Warner

Three Rivers Man Arrested for Felon Firearm Possession

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN – U.S. Attorney Andrew Birge announced today that Antonio Laver Jones, 33, of Three Rivers, was arrested without incident on October 3 on a federal complaint for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. If convicted, Jones faces up to 10 years in prison. The arrest was the result of coordinated efforts between the Kalamazoo Valley Enforcement Team (KVET), the Southwest Enforcement East and South Teams (SWET), and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

The complaint alleges that on October 2, 2019, Jones sold two firearms to a KVET undercover officer when he knew that he was disqualified from lawfully possessing them because of his two prior felony convictions for possessing a firearm while committing or attempting to commit a felony and for assaulting, resisting, or obstructing an officer.

"The arrest in this case is a direct result of multi-agency cooperation," said Sgt. Mike Ferguson of KVET and Lt. Jim Lass of SWET in a joint statement. "Communities are sure to see less violence when firearms are removed from the hands of convicted felons."

The allegations in a criminal complaint are merely accusations, and a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.


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