Local and state police in Mississippi may encounter certain elements of an investigation which result in the intervention of federal agents. For example, a crime that crosses state lines or involves narcotics may lead to federal agencies partnering with local authorities. Federal weapons charges can also bring in government agents. Those under suspicion have a great deal at stake since federal penalties can be quite severe and offer little room for negotiations.
Recently federal agents became involved in an investigation related to a series of auto break-ins. Police received a description of a vehicle that may have been involved in the burglaries, and they attempted to stop a vehicle matching that description. The driver apparently refused to stop, but an officer spotted the same vehicle the next day. Investigators traced the vehicle to a suspect and arrested him at a residence later that day.
Why federal agents?
Police did not release details about why federal agents became involved in the arrest and subsequent search of the man’s residence. However, apparently police discovered a stolen firearm as they executed a search after the man’s arrest. As the search continued, they allegedly located additional firearms. It was then that they turned the case over to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
The man is now facing multiple federal weapons charges in addition to the burglary counts and a conspiracy charge. It is possible authorities may file additional charges as the investigation proceeds. This could result in significant penalties, including federal prison time, if a court convicts him.