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Gulfport Convicted Felon Pleads Guilty to Illegally Possessing Firearm

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Mississippi


Gulfport, Miss. – Dannell Elanta Thompson, 37, of Gulfport, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden to 48 months in federal prison followed by five years of supervised release for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and Special Agent in Charge Dana Nichols with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. He was also ordered to pay a $5,000 fine.

Thompson pled guilty before Judge Ozerden on April 30, 2018. The case arose when the Gulfport Police Department executed a search warrant on Thompson’s residence after Thompson sold methamphetamine to an informant. During the search, the police discovered marijuana, methamphetamine, a loaded Ruger LCP .380 pistol, and a Savage Arms Mark II .22 caliber rifle. Both of the firearms had been reported stolen to the Gulfport Police Department.

As a convicted felon, Thompson was prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition under federal law. He was previously convicted of possession of a controlled substance, a state felony, in Harrison County Circuit Court.

The case was investigated by the Gulfport Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and was prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Emily Nobile.

Updated August 3, 2018

Firearms Offenses