GA: College Park Man Pleads Guilty to Smuggling Guns to Barbados

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ATLANTA – -(AmmoLand.com)- Rashad Sargeant has pleaded guilty to unlawfully exporting firearms to Barbados. Together with co-defendant David Johnson, Sargeant shipped at least 30 guns to Barbados after obliterating the serial numbers of the firearms and packing them inside false compartments in boxes.

“Greed fuels the illicit firearms market with traffickers ignoring the violent consequences of helping to equip criminals with guns,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Kurt R. Erskine.  “We remain steadfast in our efforts to curb gun-related violence in our communities and to prosecute firearms traffickers.”

“The unlawful acquisition and trafficking of firearms is a serious crime that threatens our communities here and abroad,” said Special Agent in Charge, Atlanta Field Division Ben Gibbons. “Obliterated firearms are hard to trace and that is what prohibited individuals are interested in.  This investigation illustrates the dedication of ATF and its’ law enforcement partners to disrupt illegal firearm straw purchase schemes within the U.S. or anywhere firearm traffickers, like Sargeant, choose to operate.”

“Firearms illegally exported from the United States often end up in the wrong hands and are used to commit further criminal acts,” said Ariel Joshua Leinwand, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Industry and Security’s (BIS), Office of Export Enforcement, Atlanta Office. “BIS will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to aggressively enforce export violations and combat illegal firearm exports in the interest of public safety in the U.S. and overseas.”

“Disrupting the flow of illegal guns inevitably saves lives and reduces overall crime, so I’m glad we were able to stop Sargeant’s scheme to illegally export guns to Barbados,” said Special Agent in Charge Katrina W. Berger, who oversees Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) operations in Georgia and Alabama. “Cases like this highlight the great results that can be achieved when agencies work together to protect our communities.”

According to Acting U.S. Attorney Erskine, the charges and other information presented in court: Johnson recruited Shunquez Stephens and others, to unlawfully purchase guns from federally licensed firearms dealers. Stephens, and the other “straw purchasers,” made false statements to the licensed dealers by swearing that that they were purchasing the guns for themselves. Sargeant and Johnson would then take possession of the guns and use false identifications to mail the guns to Barbados through common carriers like UPS, FedEx, and DHL.

  • Rashad Sargeant, 27, of College Park, Georgia, pleaded guilty on September 2, 2021.  Sentencing for Sargeant is scheduled for December 16, 2021, at 1:30 p.m., before U.S. District Judge William M. Ray II.
  • David Johnson, 31, of Belleville, Illinois, pleaded guilty on July 22, 2021. Sentencing is scheduled for November 4, 2021, at 1:30 p.m., before U.S. District Judge William M. Ray II.
  • Shunquez Stephens, 28, of Flowery Branch, Georgia, pleaded guilty for his role in this scheme on June 21, 2021. Sentencing is scheduled for September 22, 2021, at 11:00 a.m., before U.S. District Judge William M. Ray II.

This case is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, and the Bureau of Industry and Security.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Keen is prosecuting the case.

For further information please contact the U.S. Attorney’s Public Affairs Office at [email protected] or (404) 581-6016.  The Internet address for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia is www.justice.gov/usao-ndga.

Atlanta Field Division


Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives

ATF is the federal law enforcement agency responsible for investigating violations of the federal firearms and explosives laws and regulations. More information about ATF and its programs can be found at www.atf.gov.

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DIYinSTL
DIYinSTL
1 month ago

SAC Katrina Berger did not assist in “Disrupting the flow of illegal guns,” she helped disrupt the illegal flow of guns.

Arny
Arny
1 month ago

Hell didn’t Bill Clinton have his hand in the same cookie jar ? His brother was nabbed. And Obama was known to partake in it. Seems to be the politicians drug of choice. Hunters best friend also. lol

Arny
Arny
1 month ago

The ATF & other Govt agencies just can’t allow individuals to move in on their turf. Fast & Furious comes to mind. Where’s the IRS at in this ? Don’t they want their cut ? lol

HLB
HLB
1 month ago

Disrupting the flow of illegal guns”

Disrupting the flow of illegal liquor.
Disrupting the flow of illegal cigarettes.
Disrupting the flow of illegal guns.
Disrupting the flow of illegal nitrogen and bird droppings.

That is ATFE.

What about Disrupting the flow of illegal thoughts? They are working on that (note Government Sensitivity Training).

Exactly what kind of person is so endowed that he presumes to tell me what kind of life is allowed? And then turn those very items prohibited to his advantage (look up history).

HLB

musicman44mag
musicman44mag
1 month ago

How soon we forget to mention that Erik Holder, Obummer and our own government are guilty of the same thing but who of that group plead guilty and is going to serve time like these pleebs. Not saying that there is any justifiable excuse for thier actions, just pointing out the unfairness of our government.

Last edited 1 month ago by musicman44mag
Arny
Arny
1 month ago
Reply to  musicman44mag

And people all over the world. Should have the opportunity to protect their life, liberty & property. Their choice of tools is on them. Govt doesn’t like competition.

RicktheBear
RicktheBear
1 month ago

Perhaps these guys were just using their stimulus checks to boost the economy.

Arny
Arny
1 month ago
Reply to  RicktheBear

Thanks for the chuckle.

Stag
Stag
1 month ago

I see the government thugs are bragging about armed robbery, aggravated kidnapping, and violation of rights again.