April 24, 2024

closeup of sandwich with ham cheese salad tomato garnished by gun and money on table

The wheels of justice grind slowly in Illinois, but a Willowbrook man has finally pleaded guilty to gun and drug charges in federal court. Biden’s US Attorneys negotiated the charges down on counts of illegally selling guns from his popular food truck to simple possession of firearms by a felon. Terry Ferguson, 58, will be sentenced in May.

‘I’ll have a salami on rye with a side of Beretta’

That’s right, Ferguson’s food truck, “Chicago’s Finest Deli on Wheels” allegedly sold at least 23 firearms, illegally, according to the folks at BATF while operating in locations including downtown Chicago serving the lunch crowd.

Chicago’s Finest Deli on Wheels via Yelp.

Two others implicated in the case already pleaded guilty. One was sentenced to “time served” and another awaits sentencing.

The Chicago Tribune has the story . . .

On the morning of his scheduled jury trial, a suburban man pleaded guilty — again — to narcotics and weapons charges alleging the sale of two dozen guns from the back of his popular food truck more than seven years ago.

Terry Ferguson, 58, of Willowbrook, entered his plea to one count each of cocaine distribution and possession of firearms by a felon during a hearing at the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse, where a pool of prospective jurors had come in to fill out questionnaires for his anticipated trial.

Ferguson faces a mandatory minimum of five years in prison, though prosecutors have said federal sentencing guidelines call for up to 18½ years behind bars.

U.S. District Judge Matthew Kennelly set sentencing for May 15.

Ferguson’s plea agreement included allegations that he brokered the sale of 23 firearms from his food truck, Chicago’s Finest Deli on Wheels, in November 2015, a transaction captured on video by an undercover agent for the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives…

The cache of guns, which included 10 rifles, four shotguns and an array of pistols, had allegedly been stolen by one of Ferguson’s associates from a home in the Canaryville neighborhood on Chicago’s Southwest Side near where Ferguson’s mother lived, according to court records…

In addition to the food truck transaction, Ferguson admitted in the plea agreement to trafficking cocaine over a three-year period beginning in 2016 and also fencing an array of stolen goods from his warehouse in Hickory Hills, including snap-on tools, deck furniture, lawn mowers and pallets of dog food.

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