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WEDNESDAY - May 4, 2011

RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court on Monday, May 2, 2011, JONATHAN IRVIN KOLK pled guilty before United States District Judge James C. Dever III, to causing to be delivered to a common carrier for transportation and shipment in interstate and foreign commerce to a person other than a licensed firearm importer, manufacturer, dealer and collector, a package and container in which there was a firearm and ammunition, without written notice to the carrier that such firearm was being transported and shipped in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(e).

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on February 23, 2011.

On February 3, 2011, KOLK was placed into custody for transporting a handgun and ammunition in his checked luggage at the Jacksonville airport in Jacksonville, North Carolina, without notifying the carrier. KOLK had a US Airways airline ticket from Jacksonville, through Charlotte and New York, and then on another carrier through Hong Kong to Manila in the Philippines. The firearm, a Ruger .380 caliber handgun, was found in four pieces, along with ammunition, in a toolbox that was part of KOLK’s checked luggage. KOLK did not notify the commercial carrier or TSA of the handgun or ammunition.

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.

At sentencing, set for August 1, 2011, term of court, KOLK faces up to five years imprisonment, a fine of up to $250,000.00, or both, with any term of imprisonment followed by up to three years of supervised release.

Investigation of this case was conducted by the U. S. Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Assistant United States Attorney S. Katherine Burnette represented the government.


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