WAYCROSS, GA -- DERECK JEROME BROWN, 33, of Waycross, Georgia, was sentenced last week before Chief United States District Court Judge Lisa Godbey Wood to 210 months in prison for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon.
Evidence presented during Brown’s guilty plea and sentencing hearings revealed that in October 2012, a search warrant was conducted at Brown’s home, which resulted in the discovery of a Lorcin 9mm pistol, crack cocaine, marijuana, and a significant amount of cash. At the time, Brown was prohibited from possessing the firearm and qualified as an Armed Career Criminal as a result of four prior felony convictions involving cocaine trafficking and the obstruction of law enforcement officers.
United States Attorney Edward J. Tarver said, “The United States Attorney’s Office must, and will, continue to aggressively prosecute those who endanger the safety of our communities. Successful investigations like these are the result of cooperation between federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies.”
Brown’s case resulted from a joint investigation by ATF and the Waycross Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer G. Solari prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States. For additional information, please contact First Assistant United States Attorney James D. Durham at (912) 201 2547.