Firearm trafficker with ‘ghost guns’ in his arsenal gets 46 months in prison

September 26, 2023 Rob Abruzzese
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In a federal court decision on Monday, Jeramya Sloan, widely known as “JuJu,” faced the culmination of a series of illicit dealings that spanned years. He was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Joanna Seybert to 46 months in prison for illegally selling eight firearms, a collection that alarmingly included several untraceable “ghost guns.” 

Sloan’s acknowledgment of his involvement in firearms trafficking came to light in June 2022 when he pleaded guilty.

Breon Peace, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, emphasized the weight of this case and its broader implications for community safety. 

“This case reflects the efforts of this Office, together with our law enforcement partners, to reduce gun violence in our district,” Peace said. “We will arrest and prosecute those who traffic firearms and contribute to the proliferation of untraceable ghost guns, which threaten public safety. The recovery of each and every gun sold by Sloan potentially prevented death or serious injury.”

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The extensive investigative efforts that led to Sloan’s sentencing were made possible by the collaborative work of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives’ New York Division, the Suffolk County Police Department, and the United States Postal Inspection Service.

Evidence presented in court detailed Sloan’s illicit activities from December 2019 through January 2021. Throughout this period, he sold eight firearms, thinking his client was affiliated with the Bloods street gang. The range of firearms was extensive, from a .45 caliber Ruger to multiple Polymer80 type semi-automatic “ghost guns.”

The sentence reflects broader initiatives such as Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), which fosters collaboration across all law enforcement levels to reduce violent crime. As part of PSN, the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Eastern District of New York has joined forces with multiple agencies, including the NYPD, FBI, ATF, DHS/HSI, and the DEA, further intensifying the battle against violent crime.


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