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A Wilson man could face nearly two decades in federal prison after he pleaded guilty last week to drug trafficking charges and illegally possessing more than 50 guns he stole from a Kansas City pawn shop in 2017.
Kameron Malik Bynum, 24, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute Xanax and marijuana, possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime, stealing firearms from a licensed firearm dealer and being a felon in possession of firearms, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Missouri.
On May 13, 2017, Bynum broke into a Kansas City pawn shop through the roof and stole 52 handguns worth nearly $20,000, according to federal officials.
“Investigators used video surveillance and found clothing in an alley that was used during the burglary,” according to the news release. “A bloodstain was found on a glove used in the burglary and DNA analysis linked the bloodstain to Bynum.”
Nearly two weeks later, the Wilson Police Department arrested Bynum on an outstanding state warrant.
At the time of his Wilson arrest, Bynum had 13 grams of marijuana, an electronic digital scale, clear plastic baggies, $921 in cash and a cellphone, according to federal officials.
Wilson police obtained a search warrant for his cellphone and recovered several messages and photos in connection to the Kansas City investigation.
Bynum was charged in federal court about a month later, where a federal warrant was issued for his arrest.
Police subsequently searched his Wilson apartment and seized 407 Xanax tablets, a loaded Glock 9mm handgun with an extended magazine that had been stolen from the May 2017 Kansas City pawn shop burglary, glass jars and individually wrapped bags of marijuana and $550 in cash, according to federal officials.
Under federal law, it’s illegal for anyone who’s been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition. Bynum had been convicted on a felony robbery charge. Bynum has several Wilson County convictions dating back to 2012, including felony common-law robbery, felony breaking and entering into motor vehicles and felony larceny, according to the N.C. Department of Public Safety’s website.
While Bynum hasn’t been sentenced yet, a recommendation to the court included that Bynum be sentenced to roughly 16 years in federal prison without parole.
SELF-DEFENSE IN A
FATAL DRUG DEAL
Investigators discovered that the vehicle used during the May 2017 pawn shop burglary in Kansas City was the same vehicle Bynum was in when he was arrested on Aug. 2, 2016. During that Kansas City arrest, Bynum had 151 Xanax pills, according to federal officials.
That vehicle was also linked to a Kansas City crime scene in the killing of another man who was shot during a drug deal four days later — on Aug. 6, 2016.
Bynum’s phone was also found at the scene. Federal officials said after his arrest, Bynum admitted to being involved in the fatal shooting where he claimed self-defense.
“Bynum told investigators he was attempting to buy Xanax pills from the victim, who drew a large firearm and attempted to rob him,” according to the news release. “Bynum was armed with a firearm and stated that he shot the victim one time in self-defense. A witness who was with Bynum on that date, interviewed separately, gave a statement consistent with Bynum’s account.”
The Wilson Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Kansas City Police Department investigated the case.