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Press Release

Charleston Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Gun Crime

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

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Gregory D’Arquaes Zander, 35, of Charleston, pleaded guilty today to being a felon in possession of a firearm.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on March 11, 2024, law enforcement officers conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle in which Zander was a passenger and a second vehicle, a blue truck, on Interstate 77 North near the Kanawha County-Jackson County line. Officers found a rifle case in the blue truck containing six firearms: a Smith & Wesson model M&P 10mm M2.0 10mm pistol, a Springfield Armory model DS Prodigy 9mm pistol, a Smith & Wesson model M&P 9 9mm pistol, a Kimber model Rose Gold Ultra II .45-caliber ACP pistol, a Glock model 17 Gen 4 9mm pistol, and a CMMG model MK4, 5.78x28mm pistol. Officers also found a wallet in the blue truck containing Zander’s state identification card and birth certificate and receipts for the purchase of two of the firearms.

The receipts listed the driver of the blue truck as the purchaser. The driver told investigators that Zander paid him to drive the blue truck to Michigan and directed him to place the rifle case in that vehicle earlier that day while it was parked outside two adjacent apartments maintained by Zander in Charleston. The driver also admitted that he purchased several firearms for Zander at Zander’s direction and with money provided by Zander, and transported the firearms to one of Zander’s Charleston apartments after each purchase.

Investigators established that Zander had accompanied the driver during the purchase of the four other seized firearms and wore one of the firearms on his ankle during a purchase.

Federal law prohibits a person with a prior felony conviction from possessing a firearm or ammunition. Zander knew he was prohibited from possessing firearms because of his prior felony conviction for possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, methamphetamine, in Kanawha County Circuit Court on September 22, 2021.

Zander is scheduled to be sentenced on August 22, 2024, and faces a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison, up to three years of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine.

United States Attorney Will Thompson made the announcement and commended the investigative work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

United States District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin presided over the hearing. Assistant United States Attorney Jeremy B. Wolfe is prosecuting the case.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia. Related court documents and information can be found on PACER by searching for Case No. 2:24-cr-55. 

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Updated May 23, 2024

Topics
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Firearms Offenses