RALEIGH – Kashon Stacy Cunningham, a Clayton resident, was sentenced Thursday, July 22nd to 33 months in federal prison and 3 years of supervised release on a charge of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.
On May 22, 2020 in Smithfield, the Smithfield Police Department and detectives with Alcohol Law Enforcement (ALE) were conducting surveillance on Blount Street.
Kashon Cunningham pulled into a gas station driving a vehicle with a false license plate. Detectives followed Cunningham as he drove away from the gas station and attempted to conduct a traffic stop by activating blue lights. The vehicle slowed down but it did not immediately stop. After witnessing someone shuffling between the seats inside the car, Cunningham pulled over and stopped the car.
Upon approach to the vehicle officers smelled marijuana. All the occupants were removed from the vehicle and a search was conducted. Officers discovered a Springfield 9mm pistol loaded with 10 rounds of ammunition. One round of ammunition was loaded in the chamber.
At the time of the stop, Cunningham was on state probation for a prior felony, and was wearing an ankle monitor. Cunningham admitted possession of the firearm.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives investigated the case with the assistance of the ALE and the Smithfield Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney William M. Gilmore served as the prosecutor.