11 charged with illegal firearms purchases in Tuscaloosa

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – A federal grand jury has indicted 11 people on charges of illegally buying pistols for other people.

According to federal prosecutors, the indictment claims that multiple guns were bought from licensed dealers in Tuscaloosa County in late 2020 by “straw” purchasers. Those are people who purchase weapons for others.

Prosecutors say one person, 26-year-old Adrian Benito Carter of Tuscaloosa, was charged with 13 counts, including selling guns without a license, making false statements and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

The others were charged with making false statements while buying weapons. Records don’t include the names of defense attorneys representing any of the 11 defendants.

Others charged include:

  • Chasitychampayle La’Shay Bell, 23, of Tuscaloosa, and April Nicole Knox, 30, of Tuscaloosa, are charged with making a false statement during the purchase of a firearm
  • Rikela Denise Chandler, 23, of Tuscaloosa, and Laquetta Venea Hall, 40, of Tuscaloosa, are charged with making a false statement for federal firearm licensee records
  • Timothy Neal Coleman, 28, of Tuscaloosa, and Aaron Tyrone Taylor, 23, of Tuscaloosa,  are charged with making a false statement during the purchase of a firearm
  • Christopher Jermaine Dean, 33, of Cottondale, Tyler Allen Neal, 23, of Tuscaloosa, and La’darrius Deshon Whitehead, 25, of Tuscaloosa, are charged with making a false statement for federal firearm licensee records and making a false statement during the purchase of a firearm.
  • Darron Deshone Taylor, Jr, 25, of Tuscaloosa, is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and making a false statement during the purchase of a firearm

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11/29/2021 10:27:10 AM (GMT -6:00)

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