Sting operation recovers assault rifle

Sting operation recovers assault rifle

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - Dexter Antonio Swift and Thomas Sheppard, Jr., are in jail, after Lowndes Sheriff's agents caught them trying to swap an assault rifle for stolen firearms.

The men approached an undercover investigator of the sheriff's office and asked about trading firearms for an assault rifle they had.

The undercover investigator agreed to make the trade but explained the guns he had available were been stolen from recent burglaries. Swift and Sheppard agreed to the trade, despite knowing the guns they were to receive were stolen.

On Thursday morning, Swift and Sheppard met with the undercover investigator on Highway 376 in Lake Park and made the swap of the rifle for three handguns which they believed were stolen.

They were arrested on the spot, and the guns were all seized.

Swift and Sheppard were taken to the Lowndes County Jail where they were booked on multiple counts of criminal attempt to possess stolen firearms. They will appear in the Lowndes County Magistrate Court this afternoon for an arraignment hearing where a bond will be considered.

Sheriff Chris Prine explained this arrest is especially rewarding given that it took firearms out of the hands of people who were more than willing to accept them despite believing they were stolen.

Anyone with information about this particular case or any other incident can contact the Sheriff's Office at 671-2950 or anonymous tips can be provided at 671-2985 or on line at


Dexter Antonio Swift II, 21, of Abington Court and Thomas Sheppard, Jr., 26, of Joree Street were charged with Criminal attempt to possess stolen firearms.

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