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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Middle District of Florida
Roger B. Handberg, United States Attorney
For Immediate Release
Thursday, March 7, 2024

Fort McCoy Man Indicted for Possession of Unregistered Machinegun and Silencers

OCALA, Fla. — U.S. Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces the return of an indictment charging Robert Edward Smith, 59, of Fort McCoy, with possession of unregistered National Firearms Act weapons; a machinegun and two silencers. If convicted, Smith faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

According to court documents, special agents searched Smith’s Marion County residence on February 15, pursuant to a federal search warrant. Inside Smith’s bedroom, agents located a Sten machinegun and two silencers. None of the items were registered to Smith in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record, as required under federal law.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. It will be prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Belkis H. Crockett.

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 gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department of Justice launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities and measuring the results.


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