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Woman Pleads Guilty to Gun Trafficking Between Camden and Philadelphia

Rosselyn M. DeJesus admitted to dealing firearms without a license on Wednesday.

Woman Pleads Guilty to Gun Trafficking Between Camden and Philadelphia
A Philadelphia woman admitted to a conspiracy to sell guns without a license and traffic firearms between Philadelphia and Camden, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced on Wednesday.

Rosselyn M. DeJesus, 26, pleaded guilty to an information charging her with conspiracy to deal firearms without a license in a federal court in Camden.

DeJesus admitted to buying five pistols from Philadelphia-area gun shops between June 30 and July 19, 2012. The firearms included two .40 caliber handguns and three 9 mm handguns.

She said she was purchasing the guns for herself and not for reseal. However, she then transferred the guns her conspirator, Michael Wayne Lee, also of Philadelphia, for resale. Lee is a previously convicted felon, Fishman said.

The firearms were transported from Philadelphia to Camden for resale, and two of the weapons were sold by a third invidual, identified as Ammie Steward, of Pennsauken.

Steward sold those guns to a witness cooperating with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). These two weapons are now in the custody of law enforcement.

They split proceeds from the sales.

DeJesus faces a maximum potential penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Her sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 5.

DeJesus is the third person to plead guilty in connection with this case.

On Feb. 19 of this year, Lee pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring with DeJesus, Steward, and others to deal firearms without a license and one count of possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon. His sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 29.

Steward pleaded guilty on Dec. 19, 2012, to dealing firearms without a license and one count of possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 19.

Additionally, Wendelle L. Ford, 40, of Camden, has been charged in connection with the conspiracy. On May 5, Ford was arrested by ATF agents and charged with conspiracy to deal firearms without a license.

Ford allegedly obtained firearms from different sources between January and July of 2012. The sources purchased the guns from gun shops in Philadelphia and pawn shops in North Carolina.

Ford then resold the firearms, including at least two firearms to Steward, who in turn sold the weapons to an ATF informant. In total, Ford dealt 15 firearms without a license.

Ford made his initial appearance the same day and was released on bond. He faces a maximum potential penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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