RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — A 21-year-old man from Henrico was sentenced to nearly 4 years in prison for attempting to acquire firearms under false pretenses and trafficking marijuana through the mail.
Court documents say Toddai Deveaux recruited another individual, identified as J.M. in court documents, to purchase 13 firearms on Deveaux’s behalf. J.M. filed forms required by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) in order to purchase the guns in his name.
The ATF learned of the false statements made by J.M. as they purchased the firearms, according to court documents.
Authorities arrested Deveaux and quickly learned that J.M. and Deveaux had traveled to New York and Connecticut to sell several of the weapons that J.M. had purchased.
“Preventing the illegal purchase and sale of firearms is a top priority,” said G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.
According to court documents, Deveaux kept most of the proceeds from the sales.
“We will continue to use federal firearms laws to prosecute straw purchasers and hold them accountable for their role in trafficking illegally purchased firearms,” Terwilliger continued.
Deveaux has been charged with conspiracy to make a false statement to acquire firearms and aiding and abetting another in making a false statement to acquire firearms.
Deveaux has also been charged for using the mail to traffic marijuana.
In September 2017, Deveaux asked a student at Old Dominion University if a package could be delivered to the student’s on-campus mailing address for him. Deveaux asked the same student in October 2017 if another package could be delivered to his on-campus address.
Campus police, suspecting the package contained marijuana, confiscated it. The package contained 861.09 grams of marijuana, which court documents say Deveaux planned to sell or distribute to others.
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