ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — The Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced a Roanoke man has been sentenced for trafficking firearms that were tied to criminal activity in other states.

The DOJ says 46-year-old Jermaine Drummond plead guilty in August and was sentenced on Thursday, Dec. 8 to seven years in federal prison. Drummond plead guilty to two counts of knowingly making a false statement in connection with the acquisition of a firearm and aiding and abetting in the same.

Illegal guns in the hands of prohibited owners lead to higher levels of violent crime in our neighborhoods. It is a cornerstone of the Department of Justice’s public safety policy to keep these guns out of the hands of those who should not have them. My Office will continue to vigorously prosecute individuals who threaten the safety of our communities by circumventing the law to supply firearms to violent criminals. 

United States Attorney Christopher R. Kavanaugh

The DOJ says according to the court documents Drummond, a convicted felon, used non-prohibited individuals to purchase at least 25 firearms for him. Nine of the firearms have been recovered in connection with criminal activity in Maryland, New York, and Washington D.C.

We will continue to utilize intelligence-driven approaches to eradicate the supply of crime guns to violent offenders. We will remain on the frontlines alongside our law enforcement partners in the fight to disrupt and dismantle the illegal possession of firearms, which continue to plague our communities with violence.

ATF Washington Field Division acting Special Agent in Charge Christopher Amon

The DOJ says the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney Kristin B. Johnson prosecuted the case.