York man pleads guilty in Operation Gun Grabber

A York man who was one of nine people arrested in part of a local, state and federal investigation earlier this year pleaded guilty to his charges.

Kenge Lewis III, 24, pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon on Wednesday, Oct. 11, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Lewis was indicted in March and charged with possessing a .22-caliber revolver, the release states. His arrest came from a joint operation called Operation Gun Grabber — a joint effort between the York County Drug Task Force, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, state police and the U.S. Attorney's Office.

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Officials say he sold the revolver in January in York City.

A sentencing date has not been scheduled, but Lewis faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, according to the release.

York County chief deputy prosecutor Dave Sunday announces nine arrests as part of Operation Gun Grabber, a joint operation between federal, state and local law enforcement. On Sunday's immediate right is U.S. Attorney Bruce Brandler; at Sunday's left is York County District Attorney Tom Kearney.
(Liz Evans Scolforo photo)

Background: Nine men were arrested and 11 illegal firearms were seized during the first four months of the operation, which targeted gun and drug traffickers, officials said during a news conference in April.

One of the 11 firearms seized was a fully automatic Uzi submachine gun, which U.S. Attorney Bruce Brandler called one of the most dangerous weapons there is as well as one that's "just a prohibited weapon."

Other weapons seized, including assault rifles, had laser sighting or high-capacity magazines, and one had a silencer, he said, adding these weapons aren't for hunting or sporting purposes. Their sole purpose is to kill people, Brandler said.

These are some of the weapons seized in early 2017 as part of Operation Gun Grabber, officials said.
(Liz Evans Scolforo photo)

Others indicted: The following people have been arrested, indicted, charged and federally detained, according to Brandler's office:

• Edward Harris, 58, of Uniontown, Fayette County, charged with possessing a fully automatic Uzi submachine gun with a partially obliterated serial number; also charged with possessing various types of ammunition and a high-capacity magazine.

• Ernest Crosby, 25, of Manchester, charged with possessing a loaded .357 Magnum revolver.

• Jeremiah Ashford, 25, of York, charged with possessing a .22-caliber Ruger revolver and ammunition.

• Lykeem Bethune, 20, of York, charged with the sale and possession of a stolen Intratec 9 mm pistol loaded with 22 bullets as well as a stolen and loaded .40-caliber Springfield Armory pistol.

• Derek Jones, 23, of York, also charged with possessing the stolen Intratec 9 mm pistol.

• Edward Lee McDowell III, 20, of York, charged with possessing a .22-caliber Ruger pistol with a silencer and a 9 mm rifle and ammunition and also charged with possessing a stolen Springfield Armory .40-caliber pistol. Police said he also faces felony heroin trafficking charges.

• Quran Smallwood, 22, of York, charged with possessing a loaded 9 mm Glock and also charged with trafficking heroin, crack cocaine and marijuana.

• Fred Crowder III, 32, of York, charged with possessing a 12-gauge Mossberg shotgun and two shotgun shells.

 — Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.