Coos Bay man gets prison after gun, drug sting

Theron Gerber, who has previous state felony convictions, was said to be selling guns and drugs in the Coos Bay area, according to court documents.

Posted: Feb 4, 2020 5:08 PM

EUGENE, Ore. – A Coos Bay man will serve five years in federal prison after an agent went undercover three times, finding evidence of gun and drug-related crimes.

Theron Gerber, 36, will also serve four years of supervised release. He pleaded guilty in January to one count each of unlawful possession of a short-barreled firearm and distribution of methamphetamine.

As part of the plea agreement, he will forfeit the firearms listed in the indictment.

Gerber has prior state felony convictions.

Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives learned in March 2019 he was selling guns and drugs in the Coos Bay area, according to court documents.

On April 4, 2019, an undercover ATF agent met with Gerber for a firearms purchase. The agent saw drug paraphernalia and about 20 to 25 guns displayed, all of which Gerber said were for sale “for the right price.” The agent paid $600 for a short-barreled shotgun, a Glock pistol, three magazines, three drum magazines and 91 rounds of ammunition.

Then on April 11, the agent again met Gerber and bought an AK-style rifle for $500, and asked if Gerber would sell them meth. Gerber agreed to sell the agent about 13 grams for $240.

The final part of the sting came on April 25, when the agent made another firearms purchase. Gerber sold the agent a second sawed-off shotgun, an AR-style pistol, 181 rounds of ammunition, six 30-round AR-style magazines and a Colt .45 caliber pistol for $1,500.

Shortly after, ATF agents executed a search warrant and arrested Gerber.

The case was part of Project Safe Neighborhood, which is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.

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