Brockton Felon Caught Selling Guns to Undercover Cop
BROCKTON — A Brockton man with multiple prior felony convictions will serve six months in prison after he was sentenced Monday for selling guns to an undercover officer in 2019.
The U.S. Attorney's Office said 32-year-old Tyrell Hampton will also spend two years on probation following his prison term after he pleaded guilty to illegally owning two trafficked handguns in February 2020.
Investigators learned in June 2019 that Hampton was selling guns on social media.
An undercover officer posing as a buyer contacted Hampton on Facebook and arranged to buy two handguns, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
During negotiations Hampton told the undercover officer that they should move fast on buying the firearms, because “they go quick but I can always get more.”
Hampton eventually sold a 9mm Taurus pistol and a 9mm Glock pistol, along with 21 rounds of ammunition, to the cop for $2,200.
After Hampton’s arrest, investigators traced the two handguns to a trafficker who the office said bought cheap guns in Georgia and sold them in Massachusetts.
Authorities found that Hampton met with the weapons dealer around eight times and purchased an estimated 14 firearms.
He has multiple previous felony convictions, including for drugs, and a prior firearms conviction.
As a felon Hampton is barred from owning guns and ammunition.