ATLANTA – Warren Vernell Robertson, III, a prolific gun trafficker, together with two of his accomplices, has been sentenced for a wide range of federal offenses involving the illicit resale of Georgia-sourced firearms on the streets of Baltimore, Maryland.
“Criminals who unlawfully site visitors in firearms typically solely export crime and violence to different communities,” mentioned Appearing U.S. Legal professional Kurt R. Erskine. “The impression of gun trafficking on our communities is particularly acute now, given the uptick in violent crime occurring in lots of cities.”
“These defendants put weapons within the fingers of criminals,” mentioned Arthur Peralta, ATF Atlanta Particular Agent in Cost. “ATF will proceed to focus its consideration on anybody who chooses to arm criminals and willfully contribute to the violence harming our communities.”
In keeping with Appearing U.S. Legal professional Erskine, the fees and different data offered in courtroom: From 2018, by the date of his arrest in mid-2020, Robertson trafficked greater than 100 firearms from Georgia to Maryland. Throughout that point, Robertson paid at the very least 4 different individuals, together with co-defendant Asante Moore, to unlawfully buy firearms on his behalf. Robertson additionally bought firearms on-line utilizing almost a dozen fictitious names and e-mail addresses. Robertson then offered the firearms in Baltimore.
A number of of the weapons trafficked by Robertson had been recovered by legislation enforcement officers and from people concerned in prison actions. For instance, ATF brokers in Maryland seized almost a dozen pistols and a rifle from inside a rental automotive Robertson had pushed from Atlanta. Moreover, solely weeks after Moore bought a semiautomatic pistol for Robertson, Baltimore law enforcement officials recovered the firearm from a drug vendor. The pistol was absolutely loaded at the moment.
As well as, in the course of the first three months of 2020, Moore bought greater than 20 weapons for Robertson. On March 16, 2020, Moore, Robertson, and Robertson’s cousin, Erik Alfonso Cohen, Jr., traveled collectively to a pawn store in Jonesboro, Georgia, to buy three of these weapons. On the time, Cohen was prohibited from possessing firearms as a result of he had been convicted of a weapons-related offense in Maryland. Robertson’s prison historical past additionally included convictions for drug possession and different offenses.
All three defendants pleaded responsible to the next offenses and had been sentenced by U.S. District Choose Leigh Martin Might:
- Warren Vernell Robertson, III, 25, of East Level, Georgia and Aberdeen, Maryland, was sentenced on March 10, 2021, to 3 years in jail, to be adopted by three years of supervised launch. He pleaded responsible on November 20, 2020, to the offense of creating a false assertion to a licensed firearms vendor.
- Erik Alfonso Cohen, Jr., 23, of Edgewood, Maryland, was sentenced on March 3, 2021, to at least one 12 months, six months in jail, to be adopted by three years of supervised launch. Cohen pleaded responsible on December 3, 2020, to the cost of illegal possession of a firearm.
- Asante Moore, 24, of Atlanta, Georgia, was sentenced on December 2, 2020, to 3 months in jail to be adopted by three years of supervised launch. Moore pleaded responsible on September 9, 2020, to the offense of unlawfully dealing in firearms.
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The U.S. Legal professional’s Workplace for the District of Maryland offered helpful help.
Assistant U.S. Legal professional Theodore S. Hertzberg prosecuted the case.
This case was introduced as a part of Mission Protected Neighborhoods (PSN). In step with the Legal professional Basic’s mission to scale back violent crime, the Northern District of Georgia’s PSN program focuses on prosecuting these people who most importantly drive violence in our communities, and helps and fosters partnerships between legislation enforcement and faculties, the religion neighborhood, and area people leaders to stop and deter future prison conduct.
This case was additionally introduced as a part of Mission Guardian, a nationwide Division of Justice initiative to scale back gun violence and implement federal firearms legal guidelines, together with these associated to firearms trafficking. Extra details about Mission Guardian will be discovered at https://www.justice.gov/projectguardian.
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