Four men charged in federal court for illegal possession of firearms and narcotics | USAO-SDGA

SAVANNAH, GA: Four defendants are among those facing federal charges including drug trafficking and unlawful possession of firearms after separate grand jury indictments in the Southern District of Georgia, while the Recent actions in U.S. District Court include guilty pleas and criminal convictions related to illegal possession of firearms.

Charged cases are being investigated as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods in conjunction with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, including the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) , the FBI and the Drug Enforcement Administration, to reduce crime violence with measures that include targeting convicted felons who illegally carry firearms.

“In our ongoing fight against violent crime in the Southern District, a critical component is getting guns out of the hands of convicted felons,” said David H. Estes, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia. “The message is clear: we and our law enforcement partner will not tolerate these threats against our communities.”

Over the past four years, more than 760 defendants have been federally charged in the Southern District of Georgia for illegal firearms offenses — most often for possession of a firearm after being convicted. for a previous crime.

The defendants named in the federal indictments from the June 2022 warrant of the United States District Court grand jury include:

  • Deon Brown, 30, of Augusta, charged with possession with intent to distribute heroin, cocaine, crack cocaine and methamphetamine; Possession of a firearm in pursuit of a crime related to drug trafficking; and possession of firearms by a convicted felon;
  • Alonzo Ware Henderson37, of Augusta, charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon;
  • Cody Truitt Devore, 23, of Sylvania, Georgia, charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; and,
  • Harry Telfair60, of Savannah, charged with possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon.

Indictments only contain charges; the accused are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Other defendants recently stood trial on federal charges including unlawful possession of firearms:

  • B’Quan Ferguson, 31, of Savannah, was sentenced to 180 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release after pleading guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Savannah police officers found a gun in Ferguson’s car during a traffic stop in October 2020. Ferguson has multiple prior state felony convictions, including violent crimes with firearms.
  • Kenya Leon Parker, 33, of Savannah, was sentenced to 115 months in prison followed by three years of probation after pleading guilty to possession of a stolen firearm. Savannah police officers arrested Parker in February 2021 after finding a gun in his possession during a traffic stop.
  • Tommy Green, 34, of Savannah, was sentenced to 84 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release after pleading guilty to possession with intent to distribute eutylone (bath salts) and methamphetamine, and possession of firearm by a convicted felon. The Savannah Police Department Violent Savannah police officers arrested Bennett in January 2020 when they found him in possession of two pistols during a traffic stop.
  • Rasheen Dyshawn Stephens, 30, of Savannah, was sentenced to 60 months in prison followed by three years of parole after pleading guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Savannah police officers investigating a domestic disturbance on June 7, 2021 found a gun and a magazine lying in Stephens’ pockets.
  • James Kenneth Merritt, 35, of Waynesboro, Georgia, was sentenced to 54 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release and a $1,000 fine after pleading guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Burke County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Merritt in December 2020 after Merritt drove off and then fled from an attempted traffic stop, dropping a gun as he fled.
  • Calvin Jerrod Hendrix, 24, of Savannah, was sentenced to 51 months in prison followed by three years of probation after pleading guilty to possession of a stolen firearm. He was charged after Savannah police found a gun in his apartment in July 2020 and learned the gun was stolen from Clayton County.
  • Hunter Cole Reavis, 25, of Savannah, was sentenced to 44 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release after pleading guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Reavis was on probation in March 2021 when officers from the Georgia Department of Community Supervision found a gun during a search of his hotel room in Savannah.
  • Jervario Melton, 30, of Kingsland, Georgia, was sentenced to 46 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release after pleading guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Melton was found in possession of a firearm during a traffic stop on August 28, 2020 by Port Wentworth Police.
  • Frederick Connell Blount, 38, of Augusta, was sentenced to 42 months in prison and sentenced to three years of probation and a $1,500 fine after pleading guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Blount was arrested after a traffic stop in August 2020 when Richmond County Sheriff’s deputies found a gun in the vehicle Blount was driving.
  • Barry McCormick, 26, of Savannah, was sentenced to 24 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release after pleading guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. McCormick was charged after a gun fell into his pant leg during a November 2020 traffic stop by Savannah police officers.
  • David McCain III, 35, of Hephzibah, Georgia, was sentenced to 24 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release and a $1,500 fine after pleading guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was arrested on New Years Day 2020 when Richmond County Sheriff’s Deputies investigating reports of celebratory shootings found McCain, a convicted felon, in possession of an AR-15 style rifle with a large capacity feeder.
  • Ziquane Sandford, 24, from Hephzibah, is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to engaging in the unlicensed firearms trade. Sandford faces a legal sentence of up to five years in prison after admitting to selling firearms four times without the required license.
  • Willie Joe Liddell, 38, of Augusta, is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Richmond County Sheriff’s Deputies were helping the US Marshals Service arrest Liddell on an outstanding warrant when they discovered a gun in Liddell’s jacket pocket.
  • Kevin Shawn McGahee, 47, of Stapleton, Georgia, awaits sentencing after pleading guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. As part of his plea deal, McGahee loses 21 firearms found during a law enforcement search of his home in April.

Agencies investigating these cases include the ATF, DEA, Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Savannah Police Department and Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

Cases are prosecuted for the United States by Assistant U.S. Attorneys in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District, including Jeremiah L. Johnson, Henry W. Syms Jr., and Tania D. Groover, with gun confiscations being coordinated by the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia. Office Asset Recovery Unit.

Under federal law, it is illegal for an individual to own a firearm if they fall into one of nine prohibited categories, including being a felon; illegal alien; or illegal user of a controlled substance. Additionally, it is illegal to possess a firearm in pursuit of a drug trafficking offense or a violent crime. It is also illegal to buy – or even attempt to buy – firearms if the purchaser is a prohibited person or is illegally purchasing a firearm on behalf of someone else. Lying on Form ATF 4473, which is used to legally purchase a firearm, is also a federal offense.

For more information from the ATF on buying legal firearms, please see: https://www.atf.gov/qa-category/atf-form-4473.

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