U.S. District Court

Bayview gang member pleads guilty to gun charges

Justin Prometheus Dorsey pleading guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm in federal court today before U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer.

Dorsey was arrested on February 10, 2022 after undercover SFPD officers saw occupants of a silver Ford Explorer dealing drugs at 3rd and Quesada in the Bayview. SFPD was conducting an operation in collaboration with the FBI at the location known for its gun violence and gang activity.

A search uncovered marijuana packaged for sale and a black semiautomatic handgun apparently belonging to another of the vehicle occupants Joseph Slaughter.

Knowing that Dorsey was on parole, and subject to a warrantless search condition, officers subsequently located and searched Dorsey’s personal vehicle – a Toyota Prius – parked in the vicinity of 3rd and Quesada. A Glock 17 9mm handgun with an extended magazine was found in the glove compartment. Prosecutors’ say it tested positive for Dorsey’s DNA.

Dorsey has previous convictions for being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, plus numerous others for drugs and burglary offences. Police say he is a Q St gang member.

The plea came after Dorsey lost a bid earlier this year to suppress the evidence arising from the original search of the Ford Explorer and the search of the Toyota Prius.

Dorsey was released on March 15, 2022 on an unsecured $25,000 bond by order of (then) U.S. Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley. The prosecution argued for detention before trial, saying that “the defendant’s lengthy criminal history and prior prohibited firearm and ammunition charges demonstrate the defendant is a significant danger to the public.”

It is expected that Dorsey will be sentenced later this year.

Of the vehicle’s other occupants, Joseph Slaughter faces state charges in San Francisco Superior Court of possessing a concealed firearm in violation of a court order. He is not presently in federal or state custody.

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