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HUNTINGTON MAN SENTENCED TO PRISON ON ILLEGAL FIREARMS POSSESSION CHARGE

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Alfonzo Marcell Waldon, 25, of Huntington, was sentenced today to 37 months in prison and three years of supervised release by United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  Waldon admitted that on July 20, 2010, he sold a Smith & Wesson .38-caliber revolver to an undercover agent working for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) at the Smokin’ Aces store that was located in Huntington.  Waldon further admitted that he received $125 in exchange for the firearm.  Information pertaining to the firearm revealed that it had been reported stolen.  According to the defendant’s criminal history, Waldon had been previously convicted of attempted first-degree robbery in Cabell County Circuit Court in May 2005. 

The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).  Assistant United States Attorney Joshua Hanks handled the prosecution. 

This case is being prosecuted as part of a yearlong undercover operation that targeted illegal drugs and firearms crimes in the Huntington area.  The operation was led by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and assisted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Huntington Police Department, and various other law enforcement agencies.  It was announced to the public in March after a grand jury returned indictments against 55 defendants.

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