Suffolk man sentenced to 13 years for firearms conspiracy

Published 9:33 pm Thursday, March 10, 2022

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NORFOLK – A Suffolk man was sentenced Thursday to 13 years in prison on federal firearms charges.

According to court documents, from approximately August 2018 to July 2020, Darren Walker, 34, and co-conspirators were part of a conspiracy in which the co-conspirators straw-purchased multiple firearms for Walker, who would then transport the guns from Hampton Roads to Baltimore and other locations and resell them for a profit. 

Walker was charged with aiding and abetting the making of a materially false statement during the purchase of a firearm and being a felon in possession of a firearm. He was involved in the trafficking of at least 28 firearms, prosecutors allege. 

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Four of the straw-purchased firearms were recovered in Baltimore from people who were involved in drug-related arrests, were persons prohibited from possessing firearms, or both, including the recovery of a firearm loaded with an extended magazine containing 27 rounds of ammunition.

U.S. District Judge Raymond A. Jackson sentenced Walker.

Assistant U.S. Attorney William Jackson and Amanda Turner prosecuted the case.