Colombia man sentenced to 22 years in prison for trafficking fentanyl and illegal firearms

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A Columbia, Missouri man has been convicted in federal court of distributing fentanyl and illegally possessing multiple firearms.

Robert Jevon Bean, also known as “Shaq,” 37, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Roseann A. Ketchmark to 22 years and six months in federal prison without the possibility of parole.

On November 30, 2023, Bean pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute fentanyl and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

Bean was arrested by Columbia police officers on June 22, 2022. During the traffic stop, he was found in possession of 12.5 grams of fentanyl. Officers executed a search warrant at Bean’s apartment and found her 10-year-old child home alone. According to court documents, unsecured firearms were found next to video game controllers, next to the couch, at the entrance to the kitchen pantry where food was kept and next to a bed .

Agents seized from Bean’s home a Glock 9mm handgun converted into a machine gun, an American Tactical AR-15 .223/5.56 pistol, a Glock .40 caliber handgun, an Extro 12 gauge shotgun, an Anderson AR-15. A .223/5.56 pistol, a .40 caliber Keltec rifle, 46.71 grams of fentanyl, drug paraphernalia, several firearm magazines, including a drum magazine, several boxes of ammunition and 23,235 $ in cash, which must be forfeited to the government.

Bean told investigators he paid $1,400 per ounce for the approximately two ounces of fentanyl found at his residence. Bean sold fentanyl for $210 per gram. According to Bean’s statements, he distributed at least four kilograms (8.8 pounds) of fentanyl from a source in Detroit, Michigan, and about two ounces from a more recent source in St. Louis , in Missouri.

Bean said he bought all of his guns on local streets and often traded them for drugs. Bean told investigators that all of the weapons came from Colombia except for the Glock machine gun, which he purchased in St. Louis for $1,500. Investigators found several posts and live stream videos on Bean’s Facebook profile that show Bean with a variety of firearms, including a black Taurus 9mm handgun with an extended magazine and a laser attachment and this which appeared to be a Glock handgun with an extended magazine. Another posted video showed Bean with three handguns with high-capacity drum magazines, a semi-automatic shotgun, an AK-47 with an extended magazine, an AR-15 with two 30-round magazines and a Kel- tec Sub-2000 with a brass receiver. Other videos showed Bean with an AR-style pistol and an AK-47-style rifle.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Melissa Ann Pierce. The case was investigated by the Columbia, Missouri Police Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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