Virginia Man Arrested for Gun Trafficking in South Jersey
A man from Virginia, who authorities say was selling guns in South Jersey, has been arrested and charged with gun trafficking and possession of firearms by a felon.
26-year-old Markell Pooler of Norfolk, VA, has been charged with one count of dealing in firearms and two counts of possession of firearms by a convicted felon.
Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig says Pooler appeared before a judge Thursday afternoon and he was detained without bail.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
Pooler was identified as a firearms trafficker who offered to bring guns from pawn shops in Virginia to the Camden area. Between December 2020 and his arrest, Pooler, a convicted felon, obtained handguns in Virginia and sold them in South Jersey. Pooler had in his possession five handguns when he was arrested.
The count of engaging in the business of unlicensed firearms dealing and travelling across state lines to do so carries up to 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The counts of possession of a firearm by a felon could tack-on another decade in prison and another $250,000 fine.
Honig said numerous law enforcement agencies worked on this case, including the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the New Jersey State Police; the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office; and the Woodbury Police Department.
This case is part of Project Guardian, the Department of Justice’s signature initiative to reduce gun violence and enforce federal firearms laws.