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Friday, May 5, 2017

District Man Charged With Federal Firearms Offenses Involving Illegal Purchase of Fully Automatic Assault Rifle

            WASHINGTON – Clark Calloway, 38, of Washington, D.C., has been arrested and charged with two federal firearms offenses after allegedly seeking and illegally purchasing a fully automatic AK-rifle 47 and ammunition, announced U.S. Attorney Channing D. Phillips and Andrew Vale, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office.


            Calloway, who was arrested on May 4, 2017, in Washington, D.C., made his first appearance today in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. He is charged in a criminal complaint with possession of a firearm or ammunition by a felon and transportation of a firearm with the intent to commit a felony, assault with a deadly weapon. The Honorable Magistrate Judge G. Michael Harvey ordered Calloway held pending a hearing set for May 10, 2017.


            According to an affidavit filed in support of the criminal complaint, Calloway previously served in the United States Marine Corps, where he received infantry and explosives training. As described in the affidavit, Calloway agreed on April 1, 2017, to pay $250 for a fully-automatic AK-47 weapon; at the time, he was the subject of an undercover FBI investigation.


            According to the affidavit, Calloway made statements to the purported weapons provider about carrying out violence against law enforcement officers and others in places including a police station in Washington, D.C. The affidavit states that Calloway paid a first installment of $60 for the weapon and ammunition on April 7, 2017 and the remaining $190 on April 28, 2017. Calloway was arrested by the FBI when he took delivery of the AK-47. Law enforcement had disabled the AK-47 prior to its delivery.


            The charges in criminal complaints are merely allegations, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. The maximum penalty for possession of a firearm or ammunition by a felon is 10 years in prison. The maximum penalty for transportation of a firearm with the intent to commit a felony is 10 years in prison.


            The investigation into this matter is being conducted by the FBI’s Washington Field Office. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Tejpal S. Chawla and Jeffrey Pearlman of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia.

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Updated May 5, 2017