Passaic County Man Admits Illegal Possession of Firearm and Ammunition

NEWARK, N.J. – A Passaic County, New Jersey, man with a previous felony conviction today admitted illegally possessing a firearm and ammunition, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced.

Jamir Clark, 27, of Paterson, New Jersey, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Claire C. Cecchi to an indictment charging him with one count of possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

On June 7, 2020, Clark possessed a firearm capable of accepting a large capacity magazine, which was loaded with 14 rounds of .45 caliber ammunition. Clark has previously been convicted of possession of controlled substances within 1,000 feet of a school, a felony offense.

The firearms offense to which Clark pleaded guilty carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. Sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 22, 2022.

Acting U.S. Attorney Honig credited special agents and task force officers with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey L. Matthews in Newark, and members of the Paterson Police Department, under the direction of Director Jerry Speziale and Police Chief Ibrahim Baycora with the investigation leading to today’s guilty plea.

This case is part of the Violent Crime Initiative (VCI), which was formed in 2020 by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey, the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office, and the City of Paterson’s Department of Public Safety for the purpose of combatting violent crime in and around Paterson. As part of this partnership, federal, state, county, and city agencies collaborate and pool resources to prosecute violent offenders who endanger the safety of the community. The VCI is composed of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the FBI, the ATF, the DEA, the U.S. Marshals, the Paterson Department of Public Safety, the Paterson Police Department, the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office, the Passaic County Sheriff’s Office, N.J. State Parole, Passaic County Jail, N.J. State Police Regional Operations and Intelligence Center/Real Time Crime Center, and N.J. Department of Corrections.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Francesca Liquori of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Organized Crime and Gangs Unit in Newark.

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