Feds: NJ Man Admits He Ran Georgia Guns With Online Dating Match
A New Jersey ex-con probably didn’t list “running” among his hobbies when he struck up an online romance with a Southern woman.
It will be some time before Dylan Ianncelli, 28, of Gloucester County comes out again – online or offline – after he admitted in federal court on Wednesday March 9 that he and his Georgia peach had done the trafficking nearly a dozen firearms in New Jersey.
Ianncelli traveled to Georgia after meeting Jessy Hill, who authorities say purchased 11 firearms from an authorized dealer on August 12, 2021.
Hill “falsely indicated upon purchase that she was the actual purchaser/transferee of the firearms,” even though she was purchasing them for Ianncelli, New Jersey U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger said.
Hill raised the $2,400 to pay for the weapons, in part by taking out loans against his truck, federal authorities said.
“I was approved for ($)5000,” she texted Ianncelli at one point, they said.
“That’s good,” he replied. “Get a bunch of guns and make a huge profit.”
The couple lit up for New Jersey immediately after shopping, driving more than 750 miles, Sellinger said.
Mantua police arrested them the next morning, seizing a dozen weapons in all, including one with a defaced serial number Hill had purchased a week earlier, the U.S. attorney said.
As a five-time convicted felon — for crimes including burglary, aggravated assault and drug possession — Ianncelli is not allowed to have firearms, Sellinger noted.
Hoping for clemency, he accepted a deal from the government rather than face trial.
U.S. District Judge Joseph H. Rodriguez scheduled sentencing for July 12 on Ianncelli’s guilty plea in Camden federal court on Wednesday for conspiracy, arms trafficking and being a convicted felon in possession of firearms. fire, Sellinger said.
Ianncelli, of Pitman, will remain in federal custody in New Jersey until then.
The status of Hill’s case could not be immediately determined.
Sellinger credited special agents and task force officers from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Newark Field Division with the investigation leading to the guilty plea, secured by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Bender of his Camden office.
He also thanked the New Jersey State Police, the Mantua Township Police Department and the Gloucester County District Attorney’s Office for their assistance.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Bender of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Camden.
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