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Moss Point Man Pleads Guilty to Illegally Possessing a Firearm

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


Gulfport, Miss – Carlos Jerome Dukes, Jr., 19, 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.

The case arose when Pascagoula Police Department responded to a shots fired report on April 5, 2018. Based on witness descriptions of the car involved, police discovered Dukes and 2 others with marijuana and 2 firearms. The gun in Dukes’ possession was reported stolen out of Long Beach, Mississippi.

Dukes will be sentenced by Judge Guirola on August 30, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. and faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The case was investigated by the Pascagoula Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Annette Williams.

Updated June 14, 2018