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Five Cleveland men indicted on federal firearms charges

Feb. 28, 2013

Five Cleveland men were indicted on charges of being felons in possession of a firearm or ammunition, said U.S. Attorney Steven M. Dettelbach.

The cases are unrelated. Those indicted are: Kevin M. Bembry, age 28; Alfred Jones, Jr., age 31; Vincent Pickett, age 26; Allen L. Tyes, age 33, and Richard Warren, age 47.

“This office places a high priority on keeping firearms out of the hands of those who are forbidden by law from obtaining them,” Dettelbach said. “Whether it is a person who uses a gun to commit a violent crime, a felon illegally obtaining a firearm or a straw purchaser trying to circumvent the law, we will aggressively pursue those who would violate our nation’s firearms laws.”

Bembry possessed a .357-caliber revolver on Jan. 24 despite a previous conviction for attempted felonious assault, according to the indictment.

Jones possessed a .380-caliber pistol and nine rounds of ammunition on Jan. 15, despite previous convictions for drug trafficking and involuntary manslaughter, according to the indictment.

Pickett possessed a 12-gauge shotgun shell on Feb. 13, despite previous convictions for aggravated robbery with a firearms specification and aggravated burglary with a firearms specification, according to the indictment.

Tyes possessed a .45-caliber pistol and ammunition on Feb. 11, despite previous convictions for attempted felonious assault and being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to the indictment.
Warren possessed a .45-caliber revolver and ammunition on Jan. 8, despite previous convictions for aggravated robbery, felonious assault and aggravated burglary, according to the indictment.

These cases are being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kelly L. Galvin following investigations by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Cleveland Division of Police, East Cleveland Police, the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority Police and the Ohio Adult Parole Authority.


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