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Two Chester County Men Indicted for Possession of a Machine Gun

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of South Carolina

COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA — A federal grand jury in Columbia returned a single count indictment against Zyquon DeAngelo Hudson, 23, and Ja’Vaughn Lonzell Brown, 22, both of Chester, South Carolina, for possession of a machine gun.

The indictment alleges that on June 24, 2022, Hudson and Brown were in possession of a Glock 9mm pistol that was modified with a “Glock Switch” or “Glock Auto Sear” which allowed the pistol to be fired as a machinegun.

Brown and Hudson face a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment. 

This case was prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state, and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program, 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.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Chester County Sheriff's Office.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher D. Taylor is prosecuting the case. 

U.S. Attorney Adair F. Boroughs stated that all charges in the indictment are merely accusations and that defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.



Brook Andrews, First Assistant United States Attorney, U.S. Attorney’s Office,, (803) 929-3000

Updated June 15, 2023

Firearms Offenses