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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Northern District of Ohio
Michelle M. Baeppler, United States Attorney
For Immediate Release
Thursday, June 9, 2022

Cleveland Man Convicted of Possessing a Firearm as a Felon

Wydell S. Dixon, 29, of Cleveland, Ohio, was convicted by a federal jury on Wednesday, June 8, 2022, of being a felon in possession of a firearm during an arrest on July 22, 2020, on Fullerton Avenue in Cleveland.

According to court documents, while on patrol for drug trafficking activity, members of the Cleveland Police Department’s Gang Impact Unit observed an individual standing near a car holding a bag of marijuana.  As authorities went to investigate what they had just witnessed, the individual fled the scene on foot.

While in pursuit of the man, they observed another individual, later identified as Dixon, discard an object and raise his hands in the air.  Officers then searched the area and found a semi-automatic pistol with an extended magazine that Dixon had discarded.

Dixon is prohibited from possessing a firearm due to previous convictions of aggravated robbery with a firearm, felonious assault, having weapons under disability, carrying concealed weapons and drug trafficking offenses, all in the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court.

A sentencing date has not yet been set.  Dixon faces a maximum possible sentence of 10 years in prison.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Cleveland Division of Police, Gang Impact Unit investigated this case.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Bryson N. Gillard and Yasmine T. Makridis.


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