The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), working in tandem with the Tuscaloosa Police Department, arrested three more individuals as the result of an ongoing effort to reduce crime in Tuscaloosa. Chester Galloway, 39; Chiquita Watkins, 29; and Rakeem Evins, 25, all from Tuscaloosa, were arrested this past week as part of ATF’s Frontline strategy to reduce violent crime.
This Frontline operation has been an intense several-month investigation targeting firearms and drug traffickers carried out by the ATF and the Tuscaloosa Police Department. U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance praised ATF’s Frontline strategy:
“The operation in Tuscaloosa is an outstanding example of what can be achieved in partnerships between federal and local law enforcement agencies,” Vance said. “ATF agents and Tuscaloosa police continue to remove violent offenders from the streets in that community, and we intend to see that those criminals end up in prison.”
Jeff Fulton, special agent in charge of the ATF Nashville Field Division, also applauded the operation, emphasizing the importance of cracking down on gun crime for public safety.
“Individuals using firearms in violent crimes pose a great danger to the public and the law enforcement officers who encounter them, making this ongoing collaborative enforcement effort vitally important,” said Fulton.
This ongoing enforcement effort in Tuscaloosa has resulted in the federal conviction and sentencing of numerous dangerous Tuscaloosa residents: Collin Blaylock, 26, was convicted of Possession of a Title II firearm and sentenced to 31 months in prison. Keith Carlisle, 32; Tavoris Taylor, 30; Anthony Long, 39; and Michael Tyson, 29, were all convicted of Use of a Firearm in a Drug/Violent Crime and the Possession of a Controlled Substance. They received 49 months, 260 months, 110 months, and 68 months in prison, respectively. Taylor was also convicted of Felon in Possession of a Firearm, which factored into his longer 260-month sentence.
Chief Anderson of the Tuscaloosa Police Department said he is pleased to continue work with the ATF.
“The Tuscaloosa Police Department looks forward to continuing our relationship and working with the ATF and the State Attorney’s Office to get these suspects and any future suspects sent away for the crimes they have committed,” said Anderson.
For more information about ATF and its programs, go to www.atf.gov.