Possessed Firearms and Ammunition in Furtherance of Drug Trafficking; As a Previously Convicted Felon Defendant was Prohibited from Possessing Firearms or Ammunition

News Release, US Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland

Greenbelt, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Theodore C. Chuang today sentenced Tyrone Lavon White, age 28, of Landover, Maryland, to 126 months in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for possession with intent to distribute controlled substances, possession of firearms and ammunition in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and for being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Robert K. Hur; Special Agent in Charge Rob Cekada of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) Baltimore Field Division; and Chief Henry P. Stawinski III of the Prince George’s County Police Department.

“Drug traffickers must know that gun crime will lead to federal time, which has no parole—ever,” said United States Attorney Robert K. Hur. “We will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to remove those who would commit violence from our community. Please put down the guns. You’ll save a life, maybe even your own.”

According to his guilty plea, White was present at a residence when Prince George’s County Police Department officers executed a search warrant. At the commencement of the search, White and the other occupants of the residence were advised of their rights.

During the search of the residence, law enforcement located in an upstairs bedroom a black backpack that contained a loaded 9x19mm semi-automatic pistol with an extended magazine containing 32 rounds of ammunition; a loaded 9x19mm semi-automatic pistol containing 16 rounds of ammunition; and nine bags of a substance containing marijuana. In addition, two vials of phencyclidine (“PCP”) were recovered from the closet of the bedroom, and $2,250 in cash was found under the mattress in this bedroom. White admitted to the officers that all of the items recovered during the search belonged to him. Further, White admitted that he possessed the guns in furtherance of drug trafficking.

White had two previous felony drug trafficking convictions in Prince George’s County Circuit Court and was prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition.

This case was made possible by investigative leads generated from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives’ (ATF) National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN).  NIBIN is the only national network that allows for the capture and comparison of ballistic evidence to aid in solving and preventing violent crimes involving firearms.  NIBIN is a proven investigative and intelligence tool that can link firearms from multiple crime scenes, allowing law enforcement to quickly disrupt shooting cycles. 

For more information on NIBIN, visit https://www.atf.gov/firearms/national-integrated-ballistic-information-network-nibin.

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 make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.  Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. 

PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders works together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally-based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

United States Attorney Robert K. Hur commended the ATF and the Prince George’s County Police Department for their work in the investigation. Mr. Hur thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica C. Collins, who prosecuted the case.

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