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January 9, 2012

Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and Hugo Barrera, Special Agent in Charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), Miami Field Office, announce today’s sentencing of Shea Jones, 20, of West Palm Beach, FL, in connection with an ATF undercover investigation, called Operation Smoking Gun II. U.S. District Judge Daniel T.K. Hurley sentenced Jones to 135 months in prison (15 months as to Count 1 and 120 months as to Count 2, consecutive), to be followed by three (3) years of supervised release, for his role in selling approximately eighty-four (84) different weapons to an undercover ATF agent posing as a drug dealer.

According to the charges and statements made in court, between August 2010 and May 2011, Jones sold drugs and numerous firearms to an undercover agent posing as a drug dealer. In Operation Smoking Gun II, ATF undercover agents purchased more than 350 guns and numerous quantities of illegal drugs. At least forty (40) separate defendants were arrested and charged in connection with this year-long undercover operation in West Palm Beach.

Jones had previously pled guilty to one count of dealing in firearms without a license, and one count of possessing an unregistered short-barreled rifle, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(a)(1)(A), and Title 26, United States Code, Sections 5861(d) and 5871, respectively.

Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of the ATF and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. The case was prosecuted by former Assistant U.S. Attorneys Karen Atkinson. AUSA Stephen Carlton handled today’s sentencing hearing.

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A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida at Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at or on

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