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Gulfport Man Pleads Guilty to Being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm

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

Gulfport, Miss. – A Gulfport man pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney Darren J. LaMarca and Special Agent in Charge Brad Byerley of the Drug Enforcement Administration.

According to court documents and information presented to the Court, on December 4, 2021, Adrin Maurice Murphy, 27, was stopped for a traffic violation by officers working with the Gulfport Police Department.  Officers searched the vehicle and located marijuana, packaged for resale, and a Glock Model 27 handgun. Murphy was taken into custody and admitted to possession of the marijuana and the handgun.  Murphy had two prior felony convictions.

Murphy is scheduled to be sentenced on May 19, 2022. He faces a maximum sentence of 10 years imprisonment.  However, if he is determined to be an armed career criminal, he faces from 15 years to life imprisonment. 

The DEA and Gulfport Police Department investigated the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan Buckner is prosecuting the case.

This case is being 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.

Updated February 17, 2022

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