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Aryan Brotherhood Member Pleads Guilty To Stolen Gun Charge

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Georgia

COLUMBUS, Ga. – A member of the Aryan Brotherhood pleaded guilty to possession of a stolen gun as part of an investigation into gang activity in the Columbus community, said Peter D. Leary, the Acting U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia.

Daniel Lloyd, 34, of Columbus, pleaded guilty to one count possession of a stolen firearm before U.S. District Judge Clay D. Land on Monday, December 21. Lloyd is facing a maximum ten years imprisonment, to be followed by three years of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine. There is no parole in the federal system.

According to the stipulation of facts entered into court, on February 13, the Columbus Police Department assisted the Georgia Department of Community Supervision (DCS) with an operation targeting known gang members. Agents conducted a legal search of the defendant’s residence, taking Lloyd into custody as he attempted to escape from the rear of the house. Agents found a stolen black Ruger LCP pistol .380 Auto with extended clip, as well as some methamphetamine and cash. Lloyd admitted in a sworn affidavit that he knew the pistol was stolen when it was in his possession. Lloyd is a validated member of the Aryan Brotherhood. Lloyd has a lengthy criminal past, including convictions in Muscogee County for trafficking methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of methamphetamine and burglary. At the time of his arrest, Lloyd was on parole after being convicted and sent to prison for criminal damage in the second degree.

“Criminals found in possession of stolen guns will face federal prison without parole,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Leary. “I want to thank the Columbus Police Department and the Georgia Department of Community Supervision for their efforts to crack down on gang violence in the Columbus community.”

“I am pleased with the successful prosecution of this case, and I really appreciate the dedicated work of our officers and the members of the Georgia Department of Community Supervision. We will continue our partnership as we work to make Columbus a safe place to live,” said Chief Freddie Blackmon, Columbus Police Department. 

“Mr. Lloyd had a simple choice,” said Arthur Peralta, Special Agent in Charge of ATF Atlanta.  “He could have chosen to leave guns and narcotics behind and worked for a positive change.  In this case, he chose to arm himself with a stolen pistol and continue a pattern of behavior that frequently leads to violence and destruction.  The Columbus Police Department works hard to promote safety in Columbus communities and ATF will continue to support them.” 

The case was investigated by the Columbus Police Department, Georgia Department of Community Supervision, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Williams prosecuted the case for the Government. Questions can be directed to Pamela Lightsey, Public Information Officer, United States Attorney’s Office, at (478) 621-2603 or Melissa Hodges, Public Affairs Director (Contractor), United States Attorney’s Office, at (478) 765-2362.

Updated December 23, 2020

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