Georgia man indicted on federal gun trafficking charges
ROCHESTER, N.Y.-- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that a federal grand jury in Rochester has returned a three-count indictment charging Liddon Young, 31, of Stone Mountain, Georgia with conspiracy to unlawfully deal firearms without a license and unlawfully dealing in firearms without a license, as well as selling firearms to a convicted felon. The charges carry a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, a fine of $750,000 fine or both.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert A. Marangola, who is handling the case, stated that according to the indictment, between August 2012 and February 6, 2013, Young conspired with convicted felon Paul Davis to unlawfully traffic firearms from the Atlanta, Georgia area to Rochester. The Indictment alleges that Davis traveled to the Atlanta, Georgia area and obtained multiple firearms and rounds of ammunition from Liddon Young for illegal re-sale on the black market in Rochester. Davis then transported the firearms and ammunition by vehicle himself, or arranged their vehicular transportation by others to. Young himself also transported firearms from Georgia to Rochester, where he sold firearms and rounds of ammunition to felons. The indictment also alleges that Davis and others deposited money into a bank account in Young’s name as payment for the firearms.
Davis was arrested February 6, 2013 after selling a Georgia pistol to a confidential informant. Multiple federal search warrants executed resulted in the seizure of 10 additional firearms and hundreds of rounds of ammunition. Young was arrested in Rochester on February 8, 2013 in possession of a loaded .380 caliber pistol.
Paul Davis was convicted on gun charges in April 2012 and is awaiting sentencing.
“Working with our law enforcement partners, this Office will continue to target the black market pipelines which funnel illegal firearms into our community,” said U.S. Attorney Hochul. “In addition, we will work equally as hard to keep guns out of the hands of convicted felons.”
The indictment is the culmination of an investigation on the part of on the part of Special Agents of the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Joseph Anarumo and the Rochester Police Department, under the direction of Chief James Sheppard.