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Moss Point Man Arrested After Bringing Gun to Police Station Pleads Guilty to Illegal Possession of Firearm by a Drug User

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

Gulfport, Miss – Kevin Lamarcus Mitchell, 20, of Moss Point, pled guilty yesterday, before U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola, Jr., to being an unlawful user of controlled substances in possession of a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and Special Agent in Charge Dana Nichols with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).  

Mitchell faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000 and 3 years of supervised release.  He will be sentenced by Judge Guirola on October 16, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. 

The case arose on April 6, 2018, when Mitchell went to the Pascagoula Police Department with his twin brother Tevin Mitchell and Joseph Smith to retrieve firearms seized by the police on March 31, 2018.  Pascagoula Police officers and agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives arrested Tevin Mitchell and Smith for being unlawful users of controlled substances with guns from the prior incident.  While doing an inventory search of Smith’s car, police found a gun stolen from St. Tammany Parish Louisiana under Kevin Mitchell’s seat.  Kevin Mitchell admitted in an interview that he smoked marijuana regularly. Kevin Mitchell admitted to a friend in a recorded jail call that he brought the gun to the police station.

The Pascagoula Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated the case.  Assistant United States Attorney Annette Williams is prosecuting the case.

Updated July 25, 2018

Firearms Offenses