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July 20, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TWO MEN INDICTED FOR POSSESSING AND SELLING STOLEN GUNS
Greenbelt, Maryland - A federal grand jury indicted Marcus Dermanellian Hunter, age 23, of Washington, D.C. and Jason Thomas Scott, age 26, of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, today for possession of stolen firearms and possession of firearms with obliterated serial numbers, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.
“Firearms trafficking poses a serious danger to public safety,” states ATF's Special Agent in Charge Theresa R. Stoop. “We learned of the suspects’ scheme, and were able to prevent several weapons from hitting the streets of our communities. Hunter and Scott will now be held responsible for their actions and the potential violence which could have prevailed.”
According to the four count indictment Jason Scott possessed and sold three firearms that were stolen; Marcus Hunter possessed three firearms with obliterated serial numbers and both defendants sold two .223 caliber semi-automatic rifles and a 7.62mm caliber semi-automatic rifle, knowing that the firearms were stolen.
According to court documents, Hunter and Scott sold the weapons to a confidential informant working with agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Prince George’s County Police Department from the parking lot of the United Parcel Service facility where they worked. Hunter and Scott were arrested on July 3, 2009 and agents seized multiple guns.
Scott faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for possession of stolen firearms; Hunter faces five years in prison and a $250,000 fine for possession of firearms with obliterated serial numbers. Both defendants face 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for each of two counts of selling stolen firearms. No court appearance has been scheduled for the defendants.
An indictment is not a finding of guilt. An individual charged by indictment is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at some later criminal proceedings.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Prince George’s County Police Department for their investigative work. Mr. Rosenstein commended Assistant United States Attorney Gina L. Simms, who is prosecuting the case.