DETROIT MAN SENTENCED TODAY ON CHARGES OF
INTERNATIONAL FIREARMS TRAFFICKING
A Detroit man was sentenced today to serve 15 years in federal prison as a
result of having been found guilty by a federal jury in Ann Arbor, Michigan on all 18
counts of an indictment charging him with conspiracy to deal in firearms without a
license, being a felon in possession of a firearm, attempted possession with intent to
distribute ecstasy and carrying and using a firearm in relation to a drug trafficking
offense, announced United States Attorney Barbara L. McQuade.
McQuade was joined in the announcement by Special Agent in Charge Thomas
E. Brandon, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives - Detroit Field
Sentenced was Terrance Coles, 25, of Detroit, Michigan. Coles has a previous
drug felony conviction which barred him from possessing any firearms.
The evidence presented during trial showed that from February 2008 through
June 2008, Coles was the ring leader in a conspiracy to smuggle guns from the United
States into Canada. Coles sold 35 firearms to individuals he believed were ecstasy
dealers when in fact the ecstasy dealers where actually undercover constables with the
Toronto Police Department. Coles was ultimately arrested after a sting operation set
up by ATF in Detroit.
United States Attorney McQuade stated, “Cases like this should put gun
traffickers on notice that we are aggressively prosecuting firearms violations to reduce
Special Agent in Charge Brandon stated, “"This case reflects excellent
collaboration on both sides of the U.S.-Canadian border. ATF remains committed to
aggressively investigate anyone illegally trafficking firearms."
United States Attorney McQuade and ATF Special Agent in Charge Thomas
Brandon praised the work of the investigators of the Windsor Police Department, Toronto
Police Department, as well as the Ontario Provincial Weapons Enforcement Unit,
Canadian Border Services Agency, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
The case was investigated by special agents of ATF, The case is being prosecuted
by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Louis Gabel and Justin Letts.