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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Southern District of Alabama
Sean P. Costello, United States Attorney
For Immediate Release
Friday, January 27, 2023

Semmes Man Sentenced to Five Years in Prison for Possessing a Machinegun in Furtherance of Drug Trafficking

MOBILE, AL – A Semmes man was sentenced to 60 months in prison for possessing a machinegun in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime.

According to court documents, Jayden Deonte Cassino, 21, was arrested by Mobile police following a high-speed chase of a car in which Cassino was a passenger on June 17, 2021. The pursuit ended on Oak Ridge Court in Mobile, at which time Cassino and other occupants of the car bailed out and ran into a nearby thick wooded area. Officers pursued Cassino and took him into custody. Just before being arrested, Cassino threw down a bag containing a stolen Glock .40 caliber pistol, which was equipped with a machinegun-conversion device, commonly known as a “Glock switch,” and a drum magazine loaded with 25 rounds. Cassino had not registered the machinegun in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record, so his possession of the weapon was illegal under federal law. The bag that Cassino discarded also contained 21 grams of cocaine, 16 grams of crack cocaine, 46 grams of marijuana, and a digital scale. Data extracted from Cassino’s cell phone contained hundreds of videos, pictures, and messages depicting his possession of guns, drugs, and cash.

United States District Judge Terry F. Moorer ordered Cassino to serve a five-year term of supervised release upon his release from prison, during which time he will undergo drug testing and treatment. The court did not impose a fine, but Judge Moorer ordered Cassino to pay $100 in special assessments. U.S. Attorney Sean P. Costello of the Southern District of Alabama made the announcement.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Mobile Police Department investigated the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Justin Roller prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States.

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