Four Cherokee County Men Indicted On Federal Weapons Charges
According to Cherokee County Sheriff Jeff Shaver the following is a press release issued by United States Attorney Joyce Vance White of the Northern District of Alabama and the Department of Justice BIRMINGHAM ? Four Cherokee County men face weapons charges returned by a federal grand jury this month, and two of the men also are charged with distributing methamphetamine, announced U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance, ATF Resident Agent in Charge David Hyche and Cherokee County Sheriff Jeff Shaver. The federal grand jury charged the men in separate indictments returned Dec. 1. The indictment of EDWARD RAY LAMAR, 42, of Gaylesville, was unsealed following his arrest last week. All four men are scheduled for arraignment on their charges Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Birmingham. LAMAR is charged with two counts of illegal distribution of methamphetamine, on July 29, 2009, and July 31, 2009, and with being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, a Marlin .22-caliber rifle, on May 28, 2010. The other Cherokee County men indicted this month are JUSTIN BRYANT, BRANDON DANIEL WHITE and CHARLES DAVID BLALOCK. BRYANT, 24, is charged with being a convicted felon in possession of explosives in November 2009, and that the explosives he possessed were stolen. He also is charged as a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, a Ruger .45-caliber pistol, also in November 2009. WHITE, 31, is charged with illegal distribution of methamphetamine in April 2009. He also is charged with five counts of federal weapons violations. Those charges are: that he was a convicted felon who possessed and sold stolen firearms, an Auto Ordinance .45-caliber pistol and an Astra (Smith & Wesson) .40-caliber pistol, on Nov. 19, 2009; that he was a convicted felon who possessed and sold stolen firearms, a Tanfoglio .380-caliber pistol and an Intratec .22-caliber pistol, on Dec. 2, 2009; that he was a convicted felon in possession of multiple firearms on June 9, 2010. Those firearms are listed in the indictment as: a Mossberg 12 gauge shotgun, a Remington .30-06 rifle, a Marlin .22-caliber rifle, a Winchester .22-caliber rifle, a Stevens 16 gauge shotgun, two Smith & Wesson .357 revolvers, and an EIG .22-caliber revolver. BLALOCK is charged in two separate counts of his indictment with unlawfully possessing two Marlin 12 gauge short-barrel shotguns on Nov. 19, 2009, that were not registered to him with the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record, and that he possessed those shotguns illegally as a convicted felon. These cases were jointly investigated by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Alabama Bureau of Investigation bomb squad, the Cherokee County Sheriff?s Office and the Cedar Bluff and Leesburg police departments. The cases are being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney C. David Biggers. Members of the public are reminded that the indictment contains only charges. A defendant is presumed innocent of the charges and it will be the government?s burden to prove a defendant?s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt at trial.