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In The Hands of a Gangster…
By Harold Hutchison

A member of the Crips street gang was caught with a pistol that had been issued to an FBI agent after he was pulled over on 12 April. The firearms had been stolen back in January from the FBI agent’s home.

According to media reports, John Thompson, a member of the “East Side Crips” street gang, was pulled over in Bakersfield, California on suspicion of driving with a suspended license. When local cops searched his car, they found the Glock.

Thompson was charged with two felonies – illegally carrying a loaded firearm without registration, and possession of a loaded stolen firearm. The website for the Bakersfield ABC affiliate, KERO TV, reported that Thompson was in jail on $75,000 bond.

Possession of a stolen firearm is also a federal offense under 18 USC, section 922(j), punishable by up to ten years in federal prison. A separate law, 18 USE, section 924(l), make stealing any firearm a federal offense, also punishable by up to ten years in prison.

As of this writing, there is no word on whether the local United States Attorney's Office will file any federal charges.