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ATF Task Force

In May 2006 the Warren Police Department signed a memorandum of understanding with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives with the purpose to develop a cooperative effort with federal and local law enforcement agencies to respond to crimes of violence by the investigation and prosecution of persons involved in the commission of violent crime. This joint law enforcement effort referred to as the Armed Criminal Enforcement Squad (ACES) investigates crimes of violence, specifically the armed violent offenders who are subject to prosecution under Federal Firearms Laws.


The Warren Police Department assigned one officer full time to ACES in July 2006 to work with the ATF Youngstown, Ohio Field Office to protect the public by detecting armed violent offenders, identifying and prosecuting criminal groups and individuals involved in armed violent crime, and reducing armed violent crime in Warren by intensive and concentrated investigative efforts. In 2009 the Task Force Position was reduced to a part time/overtime basis. This position was reinstated back to full time in April 2012.


ATF has recommended prosecution on 11 defendants involved in criminal activities related to Warren, Ohio for the 2012 calendar year on the following charges:

  • Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Title 18 USC 922g1 – 9 counts
  • Possession of a Firearm with an Obliterated Serial Number, Title 18 USC 922k – 2 counts
  • Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin, Title 21 USC841a – 1 count

The Warren Police Department has also recovered 115 firearms during the 2012 calendar year. These firearms were recovered during the normal course of police activities in the city of Warren and all firearms are traced through ATF. These trace results can be followed up if necessary to determine if any illegal activities have occurred with the possession or transfer of the firearm.


In addition, ATF Youngstown has investigated and recommended prosecution on numerous other cases outside the jurisdiction of Warren, Ohio, covering 10 counties in North East Ohio.


ACES Task Force Officer

Sgt. Gary Riggins
ATF Youngstown Field Office