NEWARK, N.J. – A Georgia man with prior felony convictions today admitted illegally possessing weapons and possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.
Tyheed Jefferson, 34, a/k/a “Solo,” of Albany, Georgia, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Stanley R. Chesler in Newark federal court to an indictment charging him with six counts of being a felon in possession of a weapon and one count of possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
Jefferson was arrested in July 2017 after a 10-month investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in Georgia, Alabama and New Jersey. He admitted that on various dates between May 7, 2017, and July 18, 2017, he possessed 28 firearms in New Jersey. All of those firearms were recovered by the ATF during the course of the investigation.
Jefferson also admitted that on May 24, 2017, a date on which he also possessed illegal firearms, he possessed 1,500 pills containing more than 50 grams of methamphetamine.
The counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm each carry a maximum potential penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The count of possession of more than 50 grams of methamphetamine carries a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison and a $5 million fine. Sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 12, 2018.
U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents of the ATF, under the direction of John Devito, Newark Field Division, and Special Agent in Charge Wayne L. Dixie, Atlanta Field Division, as well as the N.J. Department of Corrections, under the direction of Commissioner Gary M. Lanigan and the N.J. State Parole Board, under the direction of Chairman James Plousis, with the investigation leading to today’s guilty plea.
The government is represented by Senior Litigation Counsel Robert Frazer of the U.S. Attorney’s Violent Crime Unit in Newark.
Defense counsel: Howard Brownstein Esq., Union City, New Jersey