Del. Attorney General announces 77 felony charges in gun trafficking bust

DOVER, Del.- Wednesday, leaders gathered at the Dover Police Department to hear Attorney General Kathy Jennings announce gun trafficking charges in Kent County.
“We are announcing 77 charges, 76 of which are felony charges against 9 defendants accused of illegally purchasing at least 12 firearms for others,” Attorney Jennings said.
This investigation has been a large team effort including Delaware State Police, the Dover police Department, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. “This was a great collaboration between local state and federal partners,” Dover Police Chief Thomas Johnson said. “That kind of collaboration you can’t put a value on it and the results that the citizens receive based on the collaboration can’t be stated enough.”
Investigators discovered that three of the people involved, all of whom are prohibited from purchasing firearms, conspired to find subjects over the age of 21 with no criminal records to buy guns for them and their criminal associates. Those three defendants allegedly would direct straw purchasers to get a credit card, order firearms from an online retailer, and then have them delivered to a federal firearms license in Delaware. We’re told the purchaser would then get the firearms, keeping one for themselves as “payment” for the transaction, and turning the rest over to the three leaders of the group, who would in turn sell them to their associates.
Attorney General Jennings said as of right now they know one of the guns was allegedly used in a shooting, and another one ended up in the hands of a suspected violent gang member. “We know all too well the threat that each one of these guns poses to our communities, the deadly consequences that trail these transactions; and we will not allow them to go unchecked in our state,” Attorney General Jennings said.
We’re told of all firearms recovered from criminal activity in the First State the majority originate in Delaware, and that straw purchasing is one of the main ways used to get the guns into the hands of violent offenders. That’s why First State leaders are pushing to make communities work with them when it comes to gun safety.
“Let’s work together, let’s make good choices, let’s make Dover, let’s make Delaware, let’s make every place beyond that just a little bit safer,” Chief Johnson said.
“Delaware will not tolerate straw purchases and you really out to think twice before you walk in that gun store and you buy a gun for a convicted violent felon because this whole team will find you and you will be arrested,” Attorney General Jennings said.
We are told the next top priority is recovering the remaining guns. They have discovered 16 so far.
Allegations:
Nasir Williams
– Racketeering
– Nine counts of engaging in a firearm transaction on behalf of another
– Four counts of conspiracy of 2nd degree
– Four Counts of making a false written statement
– Carrying a concealed deadly weapon
– Possession of Marijuana
Jyheim Spencer
– Racketeering
– Five Counts of engaging in a firearm transaction on behalf of another
– Two counts of conspiracy 2nd degree
– Making a false written statement
John G. Lassiter
– Racketeering
– Four counts engaging in a firearm transaction on behalf of another
– Three counts of conspiracy 2nd degree
– Three counts of making a false written statement
Nakiya Goicuria
– Racketeering
– Two counts of engaging in a firearm transaction on behalf of another
– Two counts of giving a firearm to person prohibited
– Conspiracy 2nd degree
– Making a false written statement
Naquan Peace
– Racketeering
– Three counts of engaging in a firearm transaction on behalf of another
– Two counts of making a false written statement
– Two counts of conspiracy 2nd degree
Kylen Thomas
– Racketeering
– Two counts of engaging in a firearm transaction on behalf of another
– Making a false written statement
– Conspiracy 2nd degree
Tuscan Wright
– Racketeering
– Three counts of engaging in a firearm transaction on behalf of another
– Making a false written statement
– Conspiracy 2nd degree
Darvis J. Epiewane
– Engaging in a firearm transaction behalf of another
– Conspiracy 2nd degree
– Making a false written statement
Kaharri Jackson
– Engaging in firearm transaction on behalf of another
– Conspiracy 2nd degree
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