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Chicago Man Charged with Federal Weapons Violation for Allegedly Selling Handguns and Ammunition out of His Home

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Illinois

CHICAGO — A Chicago man was charged with a federal weapons violation for allegedly selling handguns and ammunition out of his home in the North Lawndale neighborhood.

JYMIL CAMPBELL, 29, sold three pistols, five magazines and ammunition out of his home in the 2100 block of South Millard Avenue, according to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago.  One of the magazines was an extended-capacity magazine, the complaint states.  Unbeknownst to Campbell, the buyer was working as a confidential informant for the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and had surreptitiously videotaped the transactions, according to the complaint.

Campbell was arrested yesterday in Chicago.  The complaint charges him with one count of dealing firearms without a license.  U.S. Magistrate Judge Mary M. Rowland ordered him detained during an initial appearance this morning in federal court.  A detention hearing is scheduled for Aug. 30, 2016, at 10:30 a.m.

The complaint states that two of the alleged gun sales were held in March, while a third sale was completed in May.  Per Campbell’s instructions, the informant paid a total of $2,300 for the weapons, the complaint states.

The complaint was announced by Zachary T. Fardon, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; and Jeffery Magee, Special Agent in Charge of the Chicago Field Division of the ATF.

The charge of dealing firearms without a license carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison.  If convicted, the Court must impose a reasonable sentence under federal statutes and the advisory United States Sentencing Guidelines.

The public is reminded that a complaint is not evidence of guilt.  The defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Devlin N. Su.


Updated August 26, 2016

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