Man gets 20 years for gun trafficking

Published 10:00 pm Thursday, April 23, 2015

A Suffolk man was sentenced on Thursday to 20 years in prison for trafficking in stolen firearms, according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Direll Lamar Jackson, 30, will be on supervised release for three years following his sentence. On Jan. 20, he pleaded guilty to possessing and concealing stolen firearms and being in possession of firearms as a convicted felon.

According to documents filed with the plea agreement, Jackson and two co-defendants schemed to break into homes and cars in the area and steal property, including firearms.

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Soon after the burglaries, the conspirators would sell the stolen guns.

Jackson was the one responsible for reaching out to potential buyers, negotiating prices and arranging the sales. One of the potential buyers he contacted was a confidential informant, who turned the information over to the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The agencies used an informant to purchase a total of 19 firearms from Jackson and his co-conspirators. On Nov. 17, 2014, the agencies executed a search warrant at the property where the gun transactions had been occurring and recovered more than 20 additional firearms.

The investigation revealed that Jackson and his co-conspirators possessed at least 46 firearms, 39 of which were confirmed to be stolen from numerous break-ins in Hampton Roads and northeastern North Carolina. Losses to the victims exceed $70,000, and Jackson has been ordered to make full restitution as part of his sentence.

Co-defendants Lamonte Rashawn Willis and Travis Travel Scott will be sentenced on May 14. Both face a maximum of 20 years in prison.