Statement of United States Attorney Todd Gee Regarding the Arrests in East Mississippi of over 30 Persons for Drug Trafficking, Illegal Firearms Possession, and Other Crimes
Jackson, Miss. – David Calvin Beard, 54, of Jackson, pled guilty on January 11, 2017, before Chief United States District Judge Daniel P. Jordan III, to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and Special Agent in Charge Dana Nichols, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
On December 2, 2016, while attempting to execute an arrest warrant for Beard at his home in Jackson, officers with the United States Marshal Service Gulf Coast Regional Taskforce observed shotgun ammunition in plain view inside the home. Because Beard was a convicted felon and thus prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition, a search warrant was obtained for his home. When officers executed the search warrant on Beard’s residence, officers found a Winchester .22 caliber rifle, a Taurus .22 caliber revolver, and 1,677 rounds of assorted ammunition scattered throughout the home and garage.
Beard had been previously convicted in the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri for the felony offense of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and in the Circuit Court of Rankin County for the felony offense of home invasion.
Beard will be sentenced in Jackson by Chief Judge Jordan on April 12, 2018, and faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the United States Marshal Service Gulf Coast Regional Taskforce. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Keesha D. Middleton.