Portland Gang Member Sentenced to Federal Prison for Straw Purchasing 64 Firearms and Trafficking Dozens to Unlawful Possessors
PORTLAND, Ore.— A Hoover Criminal Gang member and Portland resident was sentenced to federal prison today for illegally possessing a firearm as a convicted felon.
Kahlani Hamilton Jones, 20, was sentenced to 25 months in federal prison and three years’ supervised release.
According to court documents, as part of an ongoing federal racketeering investigation of the Hoover Criminal Gang, law enforcement obtained photos online of Jones, a convicted felon, possessing and offering to sell firearms.
On February 11, 2021, investigators executed a federal search warrant on Jones’ northeast Portland residence and located a loaded 40mm semiautomatic pistol with extended magazine in his bedroom. A search warrant was also executed at Jones’ girlfriend’s residence and on a vehicle the couple shared. Investigators found 1,000 suspected Xanax pills, two loaded magazines and assorted ammunition. They also found an empty box for the pistol located in Jones’ residence.
On April 13, 2021, a federal grand jury in Portland returned an indictment charging Jones with one count of illegally possessing a firearm as a convicted felon.
On October 31, 2022, Jones pleaded guilty under a global plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon and the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office, resolving his federal and state criminal cases.
This case was investigated by the FBI with assistance from the Portland Police Bureau, Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It was prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon.
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.
This prosecution is the result of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs, and transnational criminal organizations that threaten the U.S. by using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach that leverages the strengths of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies against criminal networks.