NEWARK, N.J. – A Georgia man with prior felony convictions was sentenced today to 210 months in prison for illegally possessing weapons and possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.
Tyheed Jefferson, 36, a/k/a “Solo,” of Albany, Georgia, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Stanley R. Chesler 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. Judge Chesler imposed the sentence today in Newark federal court.
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.
In addition to the prison term, Judge Chesler sentenced Jefferson to five years of supervised release.
U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents of the ATF, under the direction of John B. 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 sentencing.
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