Serious criminal pleads guilty of illegal possession of firearms | USAO-NDOK

A felon and well-known gang member previously convicted of multiple drug and theft crimes pleaded guilty to federal firearms possession Wednesday Wednesday, US Attorney Clint Johnson said.

Ricky Laron Shannon, 34, of Tulsa, pleaded guilty to two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

In a blind plea, Shannon admitted that on June 11, 2021, he owned a Glock 30.45 caliber pistol and 28 rounds of ammunition. He also admitted that he owned a different Glock 30 and 28 Glock ammunition on August 13, 2021.

The first count was from a traffic stop on June 11, 2021. Tulsa police officers watched Shannon commit multiple traffic violations, according to an initial criminal complaint and affidavit filed in the case. The officers then drove behind his vehicle and activated the lights and sirens. The defendant slowly moved on, but did not give in to law enforcement at first. An officer watched Shannon make clear movements with his right hand toward the passenger side of the vehicle. He also found that something appeared to be in the defendant’s hand as he drove forward slowly but by leaps and bounds. Based on training and experience, the officer suspected that the defendant might try to hide something before stopping. The officers also found that Shannon was a felon and a certified 107 Hoover gang member. During the stop, officers found a Glock 30.45-caliber semi-automatic pistol loaded with a high-capacity magazine.

Later on August 13, 2021, Shannon was contacted by authorities and arrested on a federal arrest warrant resulting from his June 11, 2021 traffic control. Officers found another Glock 30 under the driver’s seat of the car along with a high-capacity magazine and 28 rounds of ammunition. The weapon was loaded with both a magazine and a chamber.

The Tulsa Police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives conducted the investigation. US Assistant Attorneys Mark R. Morgan and John E. Brasher are pursuing the case.

This case is being pursued under the 2150 initiative. The initiative is a joint effort between the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Oklahoma, the Tulsa Police Department, ATF, and all other local, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement partners to fight violent crime by targeting banned persons owned by Firearms and those responsible as the “source” of firearms to prohibited persons. The initiative was named in memory of Tulsa Police Sergeant Craig Johnson. Sgt. Johnson’s badge number, 2150, was selected for the initiative to honor his life and dedication to the Tulsa community.

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