Federal Officials Arrest 2 People from Maine for Gun Trafficking
A woman and man from Maine are facing federal charges, accused of trafficking firearms between New York and the Dominican Republic.
Who Are the Suspects?
The United States Attorney's Office Southern District of New York reports 20-year-old Jemyni True of Corinth and 18-year-old Trenton Michael Judkins of Garland, as well as 21-year-old Elvis Guerrero of Lowell, Massachusetts are all facing charges for allegedly shipping six handguns and an AR-15-style rifle to the Dominican Republic from New York City. Officials say the trio is accused of obtaining firearms from straw purchasers and then shipping them out of the country inside a cargo shipping container.
How Were They Arrested?
Guerrero and True were arrested after flying into JFK Airport from the Dominican Republic last Thursday. On Friday, Judkins was arrested in Maine. Each of them is charged with:
- Conspiring to commit an offense against the U.S., which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison
- Gun trafficking, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison
True and Judkins are also charged with one count of obstruction of justice, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.
United States Damien Williams said, in a media release that his office will continue to prosecute gun traffickers to the fullest extent of the law.
International gun traffickers endanger our community by putting dangerous weapons in the hands of those who often use them for violence.
What Evidence Do Police Have Against the Suspects?
Federal investigators searched the location in the Dominican Republic where they learned the firearms were to be received and found a paper containing a phone number allegedly associated with True. Officials say that after Judkins spoke with law enforcement, he advised True to 'be careful.' Ms. True then allegedly replied by telling him to delete all their communications on Facebook and on other platforms. She then allegedly advised him to contact Guerrero.
Officials seized cellphones belonging to Guerrero and True at JFK Airport. Several photos were found on Guerrero's phone, including this photo of him posing with a rifle.
All information had been deleted from True's phone.
This investigation is ongoing.