Two Broward County residents have been charged federally with being felons in possession of firearms.
Benjamin G. Greenberg, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida; Peter J. Forcelli, Special Agent in Charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF); and Scott Israel, Sheriff, Broward County Sheriff’s Office (BSO) announced that the federal arrests of the three individuals stem from a large-scale investigation into narcotics and illicit firearms sales in Broward County.
Marc Randall, 37, and Jonathan Newman, 27, both of Deerfield Beach, were each charged in separate criminal complaints with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(g) (Case Nos. 17-6287-Valle and 17-6288, respectively). If convicted, the defendants each face a statutory maximum sentence of ten years in prison. Newman was also charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 841(a)(1). If convicted of the drug offense, Newman faces a maximum statutory maximum sentence of twenty years in prison.
According to court documents, including the criminal complaints, ATF engaged in a series of recorded firearms purchases from defendants Randall and Newman. On March 27, 2017, Randall sold a 9mm pistol to a confidential informant. Randall has three Broward County convictions for possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.
On February 27, 2017, Newman sold a .38 caliber revolver and crack cocaine to a confidential informant. On June 8, 2017, Newman sold the same informant a .45 caliber, semi-automatic pistol. Newman has been convicted of several felonies, including delivery of cocaine.
Mr. Greenberg commended the investigative efforts of ATF and BSO. These cases are being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Anita White.
A criminal complaint is a formal charging document notifying the defendant of the charges. All persons charged by complaint are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.