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Press Release

Man Sentenced to Prison for Role in Firearms Trafficking Scheme

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Virginia

RICHMOND, Va. – A Richmond man was sentenced today to 33 months in prison for his role in a firearms trafficking scheme.

According to court documents, Jason Fields, 28, illegally purchased a total of 13 firearms in 10 separate transactions on three different days in the summer of 2016 from federally licensed firearms dealers. For each transaction, Fields represented on forms required for the transactions that he was the true purchaser of the firearms, when he was actually purchasing the firearms for other individuals. Fields later told authorities that the individuals told him they were from Washington, D.C., which would have made their transactions in Virginia illegal.

At sentencing, the Court applied a sentencing enhancement, finding that Fields knew or should have known that the individuals for whom he obtained the firearms intended to dispose of the firearms unlawfully. Indeed, three of the firearms were subsequently recovered by police officers in Richmond, Prince George County, Maryland; and Washington, D.C. The other 10 firearms have not been recovered.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. Attorney General Jeff Sessions reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.

G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Thomas L. Chittum, III, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) Washington Field Division, made the announcement after sentencing by Senior U.S. District Judge Robert E. Payne. Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen W. Miller prosecuted the case.

A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Related court documents and information is located on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 3:18-cr-43.

Contact

Joshua Stueve
Director of Communications
joshua.stueve@usdoj.gov

Updated November 1, 2018

Topics
Firearms Offenses
Project Safe Neighborhoods