☷Louisiana Man Guilty of East Texas Federal Firearms Violations
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives ( By Press Release office)
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TYLER , Texas – A Baton Rouge man has been convicted of federal firearms violations in the Eastern District of Texas , announced U . S . Attorney Brit Featherston today . Marland Henry Gibson , 52 , was convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm following a two - day trial before U . S . District Judge J . Campbell Barker . According to information presented in court , on March 20 , 2021 , Gibson was stopped for speeding on Interstate - 20 in Gregg County . During the traffic stop , it was determined Gibson had an outstanding warrant for failing to appear in Marion County , Indiana on a charge of unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon . Gibson was arrested on the warrant and a subsequent search of the vehicle revealed not only a handgun hidden in a compartment behind the vehicle’s dashboard , but a suitcase in the rear of the vehicle containing the following items:a 144 Tactical LLC , model PS 15 , 300 Blackout , multi caliber , handgun with magazine;six ( 6 ) . 45 caliber cartridges;thirty ( 30 ) assorted . 223/300 caliber cartridges;two ( 2 ) extended P - mag magazines containing ammunition;twenty - seven ( 27 ) . 300 caliber cartridges;forty ( 40 ) . 223/300 caliber cartridges;a Springfield XD magazine containing ammunition;six ( 6 ) . 45 caliber cartridges;a box containing forty - seven ( 47 ) . 45 caliber , Federal brand , cartridges; anda box containing forty - six ( 46 ) . 45 caliber , Winchester brand , cartridges . Further investigation revealed Gibson is a convicted felon and prohibited by federal law from owning or possessing firearms or ammunition . Gibson was indicted by a federal grand jury on June 17 , 2021 . He faces up to 10 years in federal prison . The maximum statutory sentence prescribed by Congress is provided here for information purposes , as the sentencing 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 U . S . Probation Office . This case was prosecuted as part of the joint federal , state , and local Project Safe Neighborhoods ( PSN ) Program , 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 . This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol , Tobacco , Firearms , and Explosives , the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Gregg County Sheriff’s Office and prosecuted by Assistant U . S . Attorney Jim Noble .
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