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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Odenton, Maryland Man Exiled to 8 Years in Prison for Firearms Trafficking Conspiracy



Baltimore, Maryland – On April 25, 2017, U.S. District Judge James K. Bredar sentenced Delray Jamare Randall, a/k/a "Black," age 35, of Odenton, Maryland to eight years in prison followed by two years of supervised release for engaging in the business of dealing in firearms and conspiracy.

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Gordon B. Johnson of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Baltimore Field Office; Special Agent in Charge Daniel L. Board Jr. of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives - Baltimore Field Division; Special Agent in Charge Andre R. Watson of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI); Commissioner Kevin Davis of the Baltimore Police Department; Acting Chief, Major Scott Baker of the Annapolis Police Department; and Chief Tim Altomare of the Anne Arundel County Police Department.

"Experience shows us that illegally trafficked firearms are destined to wind up in the hands of criminals and be used in acts of violence that devastate our communities," said ATF Special Agent in Charge Daniel L. Board. "ATF is the federal agency responsible for supporting and regulating the legal flow of firearms through commerce, but when we become aware of individuals who seek to illegally introduce firearms into our neighborhoods, which may eventually be used to perpetrate violence… make no mistake, we will take action."

During his guilty plea, Randall admitted that from late 2014 and up to December 12, 2015, Randall and another person engaged in the business of dealing in firearms without a license, and that each participated in and assisted the other’s firearms activities. Randall also admitted that he agreed and conspired with other persons to engage in the business of dealing in firearms without a license.

In the days leading up to December 12, 2015, an undercover informant, acting on instruction from federal investigators, maintained communication with Randall. The informant communicated to Randall that he had firearms for sale and would be in the Baltimore area on December 12, 2015. Randall expressed an interest in meeting with the informant and made statements (in both text message format and during recorded phone voice calls) that Randall was lining up other persons who were either going to purchase firearms from Randall or whom Randall would introduce to the informant for the purpose of engaging in firearms purchases. Randall stated that he was lining people up for such transactions and inquired with the informant about the availability and price of firearms.

On December 12, 2015, Randall came to a hotel and met with the informant. Unknown to Randall, the room in which Randall and the informant met was under law enforcement surveillance, and Randall’s interactions and conversations were video and audio-recorded. During the meeting, Randall examined various firearms and purchased and made a down payment for four firearms. Randall was immediately arrested before he left the room.

While he was in the hotel room, Randall took photographs of the firearms with his cell phone, and sent photographs of those firearms to his customers. Randall engaged in text communications with his own customers in which he discussed possible prices for which the customers could purchase the firearms. Randall knowingly possessed the aforementioned firearms.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the ATF and HSI Baltimore for their work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorneys Michael Hanlon and Philip Selden, who prosecuted the case.

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