A 25-year-old Brunswick man pleaded guilty earlier this month to being a felon in possession of a firearm.
If Cortez Arbery is determined to be an "armed career criminal," he faces a minimum of 15 years in federal prison.
During the guilty plea hearing, the evidence showed that Arbery possessed a stolen .38 caliber pistol after having been previously convicted of three felony drug offenses.
Arbery's guilty plea was the latest in a series of federal prosecutions focusing on gun, drug and violent crime in the Brunswick area. Five others previously pleaded guilty in federal court for their role in weapons and drug offenses.
Gromyko Green, 33, pleaded guilty to possessing a sawed-off shotgun and cocaine; John Boone, 27, pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm; Calvin Grovener, 24, pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm; Patrick Tenney, 23, pleaded guilty to receiving a firearms while under indictment; and Reginald Beckham, 19, pleaded guilty to trafficking crack cocaine.
The sentencings of each of the six defendants will take place after the United States Probation Office conducts presentence investigations.
"The No. 1 priority of the United States Attorney's Office is the protection of the citizens of the Southern District," United States Attorney Edward Tarver said. "Those who commit violent offenses in the Brunswick area by trafficking in guns, drugs and the fear of others can expect to have their operations relocated to a federal prison cell."