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Previously Convicted Felon Sentenced for Firearms Offense

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

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – A previously convicted felon was sentenced today to 54 months in prison for possessing a firearm.

Miles Straker, 30, an illegal alien from Trinidad and Tobago, pleaded guilty to being a felon and illegal alien in possession of a firearm on June 5. According to court documents, Straker was charged with distribution of cocaine and illegal possession of the firearm. These charges arose from a series of controlled purchases of cocaine from Straker conducted by the Virginia State Police Tri-Rivers Task Force in February 2017 in Williamsburg. Following the controlled purchases, Straker was arrested and the firearms were discovered.

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, Superintendent of Virginia State Police, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Mark S. Davis. Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric M. Hurt 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. 4:17-cr-38.


Joshua Stueve
Director of Communications

Updated September 14, 2017

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