Jury Convicts: Illegally Selling 15 Firearms During ATF Investigation

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – -(Ammoland.com)- A Kansas City, Missouri, man who was involved in the illegal sale of 15 firearms (four of which were stolen) to a confidential source working with federal agents, has been convicted by a trial jury of illegally possessing and selling firearms and robbery.

Mickael N. Oliver, 27, was found guilty on Friday, Dec. 10, of one count of selling stolen firearms, one count of being a drug user in possession of firearms, one count of unlicensed firearm sales, one count of robbery of federal property with a deadly weapon, one count of possessing firearms in furtherance of a violent crime, and one count of selling a firearm to a convicted felon.

Oliver was arrested on Oct. 18, 2017, after he attempted to rob a confidential source assisting in an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The confidential source, who had purchased a dozen firearms from Oliver and associates in prior months, had arranged to purchase three more firearms from Oliver for $1,500. When the confidential source arrived at Oliver’s residence, Oliver was holding a Zastava 5.56-caliber pistol, loaded with 36 rounds. When the confidential source walked into the living room, Oliver handed him a Glock .40-caliber pistol, loaded with 16 rounds, which the source had agreed to purchase. Oliver told him the other two firearms were in his pockets. Holding the pistol tucked under his arm, the confidential source began counting out the payment for the firearms. Oliver suggested he put the pistol down, since he was having trouble holding it while counting the money. The confidential source placed the pistol on the couch and continued counting out the money. Oliver picked up the pistol from the couch. When the confidential source handed over the money for the purchase of the three firearms, Oliver pointed both the Glock and the Zastava pistols directly at his face and said, “Now get … out.”

Law enforcement officers immediately surrounded Oliver’s residence and took him into custody. Officers searched his residence and found the two pistols as well as a loaded Smith & Wesson 9mm pistol. This armed robbery is the basis for the convictions of robbery of federal property with a deadly weapon and possessing firearms in furtherance of a violent crime.

Between June 12 and Oct. 12, 2017, Oliver sold eight firearms to the confidential source during an undercover investigation by the ATF. Three of those firearms had been reported as stolen. Oliver was armed on at least four of those occasions. The confidential source also purchased four firearms (one stolen) from Oliver’s associates.

On June 12, 2017, the confidential source purchased a Keltec 9mm pistol and a Norinco 7.62-caliber rifle from Oliver and an associate. On June 20, 2017, the confidential source purchased a stolen Glock .40-caliber pistol and a stolen Glock 9mm pistol from Oliver and an associate. On June 22, 2017, the confidential source purchased a stolen Smith & Wesson .40-caliber pistol from Oliver and an associate.

On Aug. 24, 2017, the confidential source purchased a Glock 9mm pistol and a Maverick Arms 12-gauge shotgun from Oliver. On Sept. 14, 2017, the confidential source purchased a Ruger 9mm pistol from Oliver and a second firearm from an associate. On Sept. 27, 2017, the confidential source purchased three firearms (one stolen) from an associate of Oliver’s. On Oct. 12, 2017, the confidential source attempted to purchase up to four firearms from Oliver, but Oliver did not have the firearms.

The confidential source is a convicted felon, and informed Oliver of such status, which is the basis for Oliver’s conviction of illegally selling firearms to a felon.

Some of the firearms purchased from Oliver have been connected to shootings in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Those investigations are ongoing, but no charges have been filed.

Following the presentation of evidence, the jury in the U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Mo., deliberated for about three hours before returning guilty verdicts on all counts to U.S. District Judge Roseann Ketchmark, ending a three-day trial that began Wednesday, Dec. 8.

Under federal statutes, Oliver is subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of seven years in federal prison without parole for possessing and brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a violent crime, which must be served consecutively to any sentences (up to 60 years) in federal prison, without parole, he receives for the other convictions. The maximum statutory sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes, as the sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the court based on the advisory sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.

  • Co-defendant Isiah D. Clinton, 34, of Kansas City, Mo., was sentenced on March 8, 2021, to six years in federal prison without parole.
  • Co-defendant Jamonn M. Jackson, 22, of Kansas City, Mo., was sentenced on Aug. 9, 2021, to five years and three months in federal prison without parole.
  • Co-defendant Richard H. Hampton, 30, of Independence, Mo., pleaded guilty on Nov. 18, 2021, to possessing stolen firearms and unlicensed firearm sales and awaits sentencing.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Bruce Rhoades and Robert M. Smith. It was investigated by the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

Project Safe Neighborhoods

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), 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 work 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.

Kansas City 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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BaerArms

5 YEARS to get to trial?!?!

Doug G.

Interesting that they charged him with robbery of federal property because he took back the gun SOLD TO the feds in order to do the robbery. A Catch22 if ever I saw one. But hey, the jury bought it. An unsavory character to say the least. What troubles me is that they kept this up for 5 months. All the while this guy is selling stolen guns to more than just feds, I’m sure. That puts more innocent lives at stake for the sake of grabbing more accomplice’s. This is not international arms dealing going after the big fish. It’s… Read more »

Rock

Bottom line is DON’T DEAL WITH OR SELL STOLEN GUNS TO ANYONE.
I believe every law abiding citizen here would have to agree to that fact.

Arny

So all was good till he tried to rob said informant. lol Where are the guns now ? Stolen ones returned to owners ? And WTF is this “unlicensed firearm sales and awaits sentencing” ? LMAO

OlTrailDog

I must have missed it somewhere, but where is the link to Eric Holder and Fast and Furious???

CourageousLion

He’s special. You know…all the animals on the farm are equal! It’s just that some are more equal then the rest.

Stone

If all those charges and statements are correct, the dirtbag needed off the streets. So, before I complain about the ATF doing their job, I will only wonder how the legal system handles the sentencing part of the case. There seems to be some fairly liberal judges in this world today.

JPM

Isn’t that special. What is of particular interest here is that the BATF didn’t shoot anyone’s dog, beat up any women or children, burn down any houses with people inside or destroy anyone’s family with their lies and contrived “evidence”. I guess sooner or later these incompetent, lying felons with guns and badges had to do something that wasn’t consistent with their typical behavior.

Wild Bill

I am sure that every one noticed that even at a hand to hand buy, one of a series, the confidential informant did not go alone. The BATFE went with enough persons to surround the house. That is an important clue to BATFE operating procedures.

Finnky

Yes. For all those who say “will not comply” or “better bring lots of body bags” – This is how they will roll on you. Dark of night while you are asleep, dozens of agents with body armor and night vision will snipe your dogs with suppressed firearms, jam your cell service and explosively enter your abode. Unless your castle truly is a castle, you will face overwhelming force – likely at your moment of least readiness. If you have a few hundred neighbors who you can trust implicitly, with zero risk of informers, — then you can negotiate a… Read more »

Deplorable Bill

The atfe is a treasonous, tyrannical, un constitutional, illegal branch of government that should be disbanded, arrested, prosecuted and jailed for their crimes. What part of “shall not be infringed” is difficult to understand? But, but, but there are laws that says the atfe can do as they please!! Any law that goes against the constitution is null and void according to the supreme court case of Marburry vs Madison. This leaves the atfe, legislators, judges, lawyers and any other non constitutional minded person no legal legs to stand on. The second amendment does NOT discriminate, it plainly says the… Read more »

JSNMGC

“The atfe is a treasonous, tyrannical, un constitutional, illegal branch of government that should be disbanded, arrested, prosecuted and jailed for their crimes. What part of “shall not be infringed” is difficult to understand?”

Many of these BATFE press releases give credit to the local law enforcement that worked with the BATFE to enforce never-ending gun laws.

Paying attention to all law enforcement who enforce never-ending gun laws will be even more important as more federal laws are passed.

There is no law that requires people to continue to socialize with the people who infringe on their rights.

JSNMGC

Chief Smith has criminal justice degrees from obscure midwestern universities. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.

https://www.kcpd.org/about/chief-richard-smith/

Wild Bill

I would not call Park University obscure. And the U. of Central Missouri is the flagship of that state. But what is your point in disparaging these two Universities?

JSNMGC

They are not well-known universities in the midwest.

I’m not disparaging them.

Did you disparage Hamline by referring to it as obscure?

Wild Bill

So now you speak for the midwest! When did you poll them?
Why would I disparage my alma mater? I think that was you.

JSNMGC

“So now you speak for the midwest! When did you poll them?“ I hired a lot of people with degrees from midwestern universities. I worked with a lot of people with degrees from midwestern universities. I can do a quick internet search. The two mentioned above are not well-known. “Why would I disparage my alma mater? I think that was you.” Wild Bill, I don’t know why you do some of the things you do, but I didn’t take your description of Hamline as being “obscure” as a disparagement. It appeared to me that you were just indicating it is… Read more »

Russn8r

Maybe Hemline.

JSNMGC

Even confining the comparisons to those universities in Missouri, the University of Central Missouri is ranked 14th:

https://www.4icu.org/us/missouri/

Flagship?

Doug G.

I got my BS in CJ at Univ. of Central MO in the mid 80’s. It was nationally recognized for their degree programs in all CJ fields including corrections, probation & parole and juvenile justice. Had they had a Law School I would have a JD. Instead I got an MS in Industrial Security & Safety. It was a good school back in my day, can’t say now because I don’t know. But if Chief Smith went there, he got a solid base of knowledge. The rest you learn on the street. Many MO police and state troopers go there,… Read more »

Wild Bill

Yeah, it is a good school. I have heard of it. That other commentator did not intend to slap UCM people in the face, he was just trying to make an internet evidenced argument.

Wild Bill

At least he has a degree.

JSNMGC

Yes, it seems like it was a good idea for him to continue his education.

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CourageousLion

What exactly is a “degree”? I see them as being better INDOCTRINATED than the average bear.

2gats

Too true. Any government agent weather politician or law enforcement that lies and crosses their fingers when they swear their oath to “defend and uphold the constitution of the united states against all enemies foreign and domestic” and then proceeds to undermine the constitution they swore that oath to should be tried for treason and at a minimum NEVER allowed to hold a position of honor or trust in This country again. F’ em!!!……..Hang em!!!!! and ALL PUBLIC EMPLOYEES and particularly law makers and enforcers and specially unconstitutional jack booted thugs like atf should be required to PUBLISH THEIR HOME… Read more »

CourageousLion

But there is a law of nature and natures God that says if you are attacked by them you have a natural right to do as the colonists did to King George’s ENFORCERS at Concord Green..Aim Small, Miss small…

CourageousLion

BUT, BUT, BUT…

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JSNMGC

“This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Bruce Rhoades and Robert M. Smith. It was investigated by the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.”

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Doug G.

Missouri’s Second Amendment Preservation Act (SAPA) 2021, now complicate these joint investigations because it outlaws state government from enforcing Fed gun laws. It doesn’t prevent them, as the media and many chief’s misunderstand/misrepresent, because it was designed to prevent gun control, not gun enforcement. FYI

Patriot Solutions

Replace this story with, ATF convicts man of felon with gun charge for decades old personal consumption & possession of a controlled substance charge where the guy only did 6 months in county and has been clean since ATF convicts felony drunk driver giving him 7 years of hard time for defending himself with a firearm at local grocery store ATF convicts lady for felon in possession of a firearm because she failed to tell the truth on her tax filings and got jacked into 8 months lock down Etc. etc. etc. I mean seriously, criminals jacking each other up… Read more »