Convicted Felon Sentenced to 11 Years in Federal Prison for Possessing Handgun in Furtherance of Drug Trafficking
WILMINGTON, Del. – David C. Weiss, U.S. Attorney for the District of Delaware, announced that a Wilmington man was sentenced yesterday to 11 years in prison for possessing a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking. U.S. District Judge Leonard P. Stark pronounced the sentence. This was Jackson’s third firearms conviction.
According to court documents, on September 17, 2020, Javon Jackson, 26, was arrested by the Wilmington Police Department (“WPD”). At the time, Jackson was wanted for cutting off his ankle bracelet and absconding from Delaware Probation and Parole’s supervision for a prior assault conviction. Jackson was sitting in the driver’s seat of a parked car when WPD officers found him. Jackson got out of the car and ran from the police. Inside the car, WPD officers found a fully loaded semi-automatic pistol and 455 baggies of heroin.
U.S. Attorney Weiss stated, “Illegally possessing a firearm while dealing dangerous drugs perpetuates both violent crime and drug addiction, each of which threatens the health, safety, and vitality of our neighborhoods. Together with our law enforcement partners, we will continue to work diligently to keep our communities safe.”
“It is a threat to the community any time someone prohibited from possession a firearm finds a way to obtain one, but this defendant’s actions put the community at even greater risk. Not only was he wanted for violating parole for a previous violent conviction, he was caught by police selling drugs while possessing a loaded firearm,” said ATF Special Agent in Charge Toni M. Crosby. “Law-abiding citizens deserve to the chance to thrive in stable communities. ATF and our law enforcement partners will continue work relentlessly to identify those individuals who threaten the safety of those communities.”
Assistant U.S. Attorney Edmond Falgowski prosecuted the case, which was investigated by the Wilmington Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Delaware. Related court documents and information is located on the website of the District Court for the District of Delaware or on PACER by searching for Case No. 21-cr-38.