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FRIDAY - February 18, 2011

RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that a Federal Grand Jury has returned a Criminal Indictment against JERRY DWAYNE LONG, 24, of Elizabeth City, North Carolina. The charges include (Count One) acquisition of a firearm by false representation, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(a)(6) and 924(a)(2); (Count 2) false statement to a licensed firearms dealer, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(a)(1)(A); and (Count 3) possession of firearms by an unlawful user of a controlled substance, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(g)(3) and 924.

As alleged in the Criminal Complaint, on January 13, 2011, law enforcement officers were notified of threatening statements made by LONG and went to question him. During the interview, LONG showed officers five firearms. The officers also noticed remnants of marijuana cigarettes.

The Indictment alleges that on about September 9, 2010, LONG purchased a MasterPiece Arms 9mm pistol from Bull-Shooter’s Supply knowingly making a false written statement in the course of the acquisition. It further alleges that on January 14, 2011, LONG, being a user of illegal drugs, possessed a MasterPiece Arms 9mm pistol, a Ruger 9mm pistol, an Izhmash 7.62 x 39 rifle, a HiPoint 9mm rifle, and a Marlin .22 caliber rifle.

This case was part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods(PSN) initiative which encourages federal, state, and local agencies to cooperate in a unified “team effort” against gun crime, targeting repeat offenders who continually plague their communities.

The maximum penalties for Counts 1 and 3 are up to 10 years’ imprisonment followed by up to three years’ supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000. For Count 2, the maximum penalties include up to five years’ imprisonment followed by up to three years’ supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000.

An indictment contains allegations that a defendant has committed a crime. Every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.

Investigation of this case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Office and the Elizabeth City Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Eric Goulian represented the government.

News releases are available on the U. S. Attorney’s web page at www.usdoj.gov/usao/nce within 48 hours of release.

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