(6-16-20) Justin E. Herdman, U.S Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, announced today that a federal grand jury in Cleveland, Ohio has returned a three-count indictment charging Trevor Leis (27) of Elida, Ohio with two counts of being an unlawful drug user in possession of firearms and one count of making false statements in connection with the purchase of firearms. Leis was arrested this morning by the FBI without incident.

According to the indictment filed in this matter, from January 2018 to March 2020, Leis possessed multiple firearms and rifles while knowingly using [or a drug user of] illegal controlled substances. Additionally, in March 2018, Leis made false statements to a licensed firearms dealer in order to purchase two firearms illegally.

As a result of these offenses, Leis must forfeit to the United States all firearms and ammunition involved in these offenses, including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Beretta, Model PX4 Storm Pistol, Caliber 9X19
  • P. Beretta, Model AL391 Urika Shotgun, 20 Gauge
  • Remington Arms Company, Model 1100 Shotgun, Caliber 20 Gauge
  • Remington Arms Company, Model Remington 870 Wingmaster Shotgun, Caliber 20 Gauge
  • Harrington & Richardson 1871 LLC (H&R), Model Pardner Shotgun, Caliber .410” Gauge
  • Rifle, Izhmash (IMEZ), M1944, 7.62x54r
  • FN America (FNH USA), model FN15 Rifle, Caliber Multi
  • Colt, Defender model, .45 caliber pistol

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.  A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the Court after review of factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal records, if any, the defendant’s role in the offense and the characteristics of the violation.

In all cases, the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and, in most cases, it will be less than the maximum.

The investigation preceding the indictment was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Tracey Ballard Tangeman.