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Narcotics, Firearms charges filed against Youngstown man

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Aug. 14, 2013

A six-count indictment was returned charging a Youngstown man with narcotics and firearms crimes, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

Emmett T. Perkins, III, 47, was charged with being a felon in possession of firearms, distribution of heroin and possession of machine guns not registered to him.

Count 1 charges that on or about July 20, 2012, Perkins possessed an AMT, model Backup, .380 caliber pistol, despite previous convictions for trafficking in crack cocaine, domestic violence, intimidation of a crime victim or witness and aggravated assault.

Counts 2 and 4 of the indictment charge Perkins with distributing less than 100 grams of heroin on or about July 20, 2012, and less than 100 grams of heroin on or about August 3, 2012.

Count 3 charges that on or about August 3, 2012, Perkins possessed a Taurus, model 689, .357 caliber pistol, after he had been previously convicted of the charges listed above.

Count 5 charges that on or about October 3, 2012, Perkins possessed a Ceska Zbrojovka, model VZ26, 7.62 x 25mm machinegun, and a Carl Gustav, Swedish K, model 45, 9mm machinegun, after being convicted of the above-listed crimes.

Count 6 charges that on or about October 3, 2012, Perkins possessed a Ceska Zbrojovka, model VZ26, 7.62 x 25mm machinegun; a Carl Gustav, Swedish K, model 45, 9mm machinegun; and a German, MP-40 Type, 9mm machinegun, said firearms not registered to him in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record, as required by law.

If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the Court after review of factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, the defendant’s role in the offense and the characteristics of the violations. In all cases, the sentences will not exceed the statutory maximum and, in most cases, it will be less than the maximum.

The investigation preceding the indictment was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives - Youngstown Field Office and the Mahoning Valley Law Enforcement Task Force. The matter is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David M. Toepfer.

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

 

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