December 17, 2014
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Convicted Felon From Camden County, New Jersey, Admits Role In Conspiracy To Traffic Guns From South Carolina To New Jersey
CAMDEN, N.J. - - Carl J. Kotowski, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Division’s New Jersey Division, and Paul J. Fishman, U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey announced a Lawnside, New Jersey, man today admitted illegally possessing firearms and selling 22 guns without a license.
Anthony Gilmore, a/k/a “Tone,” 25, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Renée Marie Bumb in Camden federal court to an information charging him with one count of conspiring to deal firearms without a license and one count of possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
Between April 8, 2013, and July 8, 2014, Gilmore conspired with four others to sell 22 firearms on several occasions, for profit and without a license. The 22 firearms included handguns, shotguns, and an assault rifle. Gilmore personally sold or participated in the sale of at least seven firearms, including handguns and shotguns, as well as a bullet-proof vest, to a witness cooperating with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and (ATF). Gilmore’s conspirators obtained the firearms in South Carolina and brought them to New Jersey on a weekly basis, at times using Amtrak to transport the guns. On two occasions, Gilmore sold a firearm to the cooperating witness along with ammunition. All 22 weapons are now in the custody of law enforcement.
The conspiracy charge to which Gilmore pleaded guilty carries a maximum potential penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The unlawful possession of a firearm as a convicted felon charge carries a maximum potential penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for March 23, 2015.
U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of the ATF, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge George Belsky in Newark, New Jersey, with the investigation leading to today’s guilty plea. He also thanked special agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration, New Jersey Division, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Carl J. Kotowski, as well as officers from the Winslow Township and Clementon police departments, for their work in the case.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew T. Smith of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Camden.