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Brunswick man pleads guilty to weapons charges

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BRUNSWICK, GA (WTOC) -

A Brunswick man pleaded guilty earlier this month in federal court to being a felon in possession of a firearm. 

If Cortez Arbery, 25, is determined to be an armed career criminal, he will serve at least 15 years in prison. He was in possession of stolen .38-caliber pistol after having been previously convicted of three felony drug offenses, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Georgia.  

Arbery's guilty plea was the latest of several federal prosecutions cracking down on gun, drug and violent crime in the Brunswick area.  

Five others previously pleaded guilty to federal weapons and drug charges: Gromyko Green, 33, pleaded guilty to possessing a sawed-off shotgun and cocaine; John Wesley 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.  

Their sentencings will take place after the United States Probation Office conducts pre-sentence investigations. 

"The No. 1 priority of the United States Attorney's Office is the protection of the citizens of the Southern District.  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," said U.S. Attorney Edward J. Tarver in a statement. 

The six cases were investigated by the Glynn/Brunswick Violent Crime Task Force, which consists of agents and officers from the ATF, the FBI, the Glynn County Police Dept., the Brunswick Police Dept., the Glynn County Sheriff's Office, and the Georgia State Probation Office. The Task Force was formed in December 2012 to combat growing gun violence in Glynn County.

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