San Diego man charged with selling phantom guns, possessing homemade machine gun and distributing fentanyl | USAO-SDCA


SUMMARY OF PRESS RELEASE – February 18, 2022

SAN DIEGO – Gavin Michael Adcock of San Diego appeared in federal court today in a grand jury indictment charging him with selling unlicensed firearms, possessing a machine gun and fentanyl distribution.

An affidavit in support of a search warrant for Adcock’s residence outlines the investigation that began in July 2021 when a San Diego Police Department detective encountered Adcock on the popular mobile marketplace OfferUp. Adcock was offering to sell unfinished handgun stockings, commonly referred to as “80% stockings”. According to the affidavit, Adcock told the detective, who was posing as a client, that he also developed guns to sell.

According to the affidavit, Adcock and the detective began communicating about the purchase of firearms. The San Diego Police Department later partnered with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to further investigate Adcock’s alleged gun trafficking activities. Through four undercover purchases between November 2021 and January 2022, the ATF purchased eight firearms, ammunition and 61 fentanyl pills from Adcock, according to the affidavit.

Of the eight firearms, seven were determined to be “privately manufactured firearms,” ​​also known as PMFs or ghost guns. One of the PMFs was determined to be a machine gun and another was an AR-15 style firearm, which Adcock claimed to have made himself.

Additionally, during Adcock’s arrest on February 17, 2022, officers seized an additional firearm and suspected fentanyl pills.

“This case is a good example of the commitment of the U.S. Attorney’s Office and our law enforcement partners to combat the scourge of fentanyl and illegal firearms trafficking,” said U.S. Attorney Randy Grossman. Grossman thanked the prosecution team and investigative agencies for their excellent work on this case.

“Over the past several years, Southern California has seen an increase in the number of individuals making firearms and selling them without a license,” said Monique Villegas, Special Agent in Charge of the ATF Field Division. in Los Angeles. “These firearms are often sold to people who are prohibited from owning weapons. This illegal activity will not be tolerated. The ATF will continue to aggressively partner with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to target these traffickers.

“I want to thank our law enforcement partners for working with the SDPD Ghost Weapon Apprehension Team,” said San Diego Police Chief David Nisleit. “Combating the illegal trafficking of firearms in our neighborhoods remains a priority for our department.”

The next court date is set for February 24, 2022.

This case is the result of ongoing efforts by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the ATF, and the San Diego Police Department to investigate and prosecute the trafficking of firearms – particularly phantom guns – and the distribution of illicit drugs. dangerous, such as fentanyl.

RESPONDENT Case number 22cr0313-TWR

Gavin Michael Adcock Age: 20 San Diego, CA


Trade in firearms without a license – Title 18, United States Code, § 922(a)(1)(A)

Maximum penalty: five years in prison and a $250,000 fine

Possession of a Machine Gun – Title 18, United States Code, § 922(o)

Maximum sentence: 10 years in prison and $250,000 fine

Distribution of Fentanyl – Title 21, United States Code, § 841(a)(1)

Maximum penalty: 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine


Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

San Diego Police Department

* The charges and allegations contained in an indictment are only charges and the accused is considered innocent until proven guilty.


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