Joe’s Pawn Shop owner faces federal charge after raid

ALBERTVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The owner of an Albertville pawn shop raided last week now faces federal charges, according to court documents.

According to a district court filing, Joe Cephus Campbell III, the owner of Joe’s Pawn Shop, has been charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm – in addition to the state charge of receiving possession at first. degree of stolen goods.

Campbell is not allowed to have firearms due to his status as a convicted felon, the document says. Records show that Campbell has a previous federal weapons conviction and pleaded guilty to conspiracy to sell firearms without a license in 2007. He was sentenced to 2 years in prison.

Campbell’s preliminary hearing for the new charge is set for September 7.

In the filing, Phillip Sangster, an agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), detailed the situation and probable cause for Campbell’s new charge.

Sangster explained that neither Campbell nor his company had a license to sell firearms.

During the search warrant, Sangster said Campbell was found alone upstairs in the store’s “shipping area.” The agent said this room was where firearms were “created or modified and then shipped.” Sangster said the room contained 3D printers, magazine boxes and shipping labels.

Sangster said he believed most, if not all, of the firearms found in the dispatch room during the search warrant were not produced in Alabama. He said that since these weapons were owned but not produced in the state, they “necessarily affect interstate commerce.”

As previously reported, Joe’s Pawn Shop was raided on August 4, 2022.

The Marshall County Sheriff’s Office said stolen items found inside Joe’s Pawn Shop were estimated at $42,000. Officials said only 263 firearms, along with gun accessories and $88,000 in cash, were seized from the store.

A total of six people have been arrested in the four-month investigation. Sheriff Phil Sims said last week that more charges and arrests are expected.


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