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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Eastern District of Virginia

For Immediate Release

Monday, December 4, 2017
Dana J. Boente
, United States Attorney
Contact: Joshua Stueve

Woman Pleads Guilty to Case Involving Guns Recovered at Homicide Scene

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A woman who purchased eight firearms in 34 days, including two that were recovered at a homicide scene in Alexandria, pleaded guilty today to providing false statements to investigators.

According to court documents, Edna Aminata Conteh, 22, turned 21 years-old in May 2016. Between May 20 and June 23, 2016, Conteh purchased the following eight firearms:

Date, 2016

Type

Status

May 20

Kel-Tec, P11, 9mm pistol

Recovered during execution of a search warrant in on July 30, 2016

May 31

Walther, PPS, 9mm pistol

Recovered during traffic stop in Prince George’s County, Md., on Aug. 26, 2016

June 11

Taurus, 82, .38 Special revolver

Not recovered

June 13

Smith & Wesson, BG380, .380 pistol

Recovered at homicide scene in Alexandria

June 13

Smith & Wesson, M&P, .40 pistol

Not recovered

June 17

Walther, PK380, .380 pistol

Not recovered

June 18

Ruger, LC380, .380 pistol

Not recovered

June 23

Taurus, 85, .38 Special revolver

Recovered at homicide scene in Alexandria

 

During multiple interviews with ATF agents, Conteh made a number of materially false and misleading statements, including that all eight firearms were stolen from her vehicle. That statement was materially false and misleading because Conteh knew one of her friends (Individual 1) had accompanied her to at least one federal firearms licensee and sold the weapons to various individuals.

After the interview, agents learned that two of the firearms purchased by Conteh were recovered by the Alexandria Police Department (APD) at a homicide scene in north Old Town near the Braddock Road metro station. Agents later learned that law enforcement recovered two other firearms purchased by Conteh.

Conteh faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison on March 23, 2018. Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after taking into account the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Thomas L. Chittum, III, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) Washington Field Division, made the announcement after U.S. District Judge Liam O’Grady accepted the plea. Assistant U.S. Attorney Carina A. Cuellar is prosecuting the case.

A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Related court documents and information is located on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 1:17-cr-283.

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