10/15/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/15/2021 15:55
A Tulsa man who possessed a revolver and shotgun to protect himself and the marijuana he was illegally distributing pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Clint Johnson.
LeMorris Walton Jr., 33, pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. U.S. District Judge Claire V. Eagan will sentence Walton on Feb. 15, 2022.
"Violating federal firearms laws has consequences. The prosecution of these cases reduces violent crime," said Acting U.S. Attorney Clint Johnson. "This office is committed to investigating and prosecuting individuals who illegally buy, sell, use, or possess firearms."
Walton admitted that on Nov. 9, 2020, he possessed firearms at his residence in Tulsa for the purpose of protecting and furthering his marijuana distribution operation. The defendant possessed a Herman Weihrauch .38 special revolver, a Maverick 12 gauge shotgun, and 33 rounds of ammunition. Walton is also a felon and is prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition.
The Tulsa Police Department and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Thomas E. Buscemi and Mark R. Morgan are prosecuting the case.
This case is being prosecuted as part of the 2150 Initiative. The initiative is a collaborative effort between the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Oklahoma, Tulsa Police Department, ATF, and all other local, state, tribal and federal law enforcement partners to combat violent crime by focusing efforts on prohibited persons in possession of firearms as well as straw purchasers.