Bluewater Bay man facing federal charges related to interstate trafficking of AR-15s

Tom McLaughlin
Northwest Florida Daily News

BLUEWATER BAY — Anthony Taylor Dickerson, an Okaloosa County resident facing a federal charge of engaging in the illegal interstate trafficking of firearms, will appear in U.S. District Court in Pensacola at 2 p.m. Wednesday for an arraignment hearing.

Charging documents state Dickerson, who is not a licensed importer, manufacturer, dealer or collector of firearms, transferred seven weapons to an acquaintance "knowing the person did not live in the state at the time of the sale and transfer." 

The weapons included six AR-15 rifles, six AR-15 pistols and a Mossberg .308 caliber rifle, a hunting rifle commonly referred to as an AR-10, according to court documents.

A Bluewater Bay man is scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court in Pensacola on Wednesday to be arraigned on federal gun charges.

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Dickerson will be required to enter a plea to the charge at the arraignment hearing. 

While federal authorities are yet to confirm a connection, Okaloosa County Property Appraiser records show a man named Anthony Taylor Dickerson lives at 603 Nassau Drive in Bluewater Bay.

FBI agents raided the home on the morning of Sept. 28, the same day, court documents show, that a warrant for the arrest of Dickerson was successfully served.

While the federal indictment has remained sealed since Dickerson's arrest, court records stating why it should remain so indicate that Dickerson was not the sole target of the FBI investigation that led to his being taken into custody.

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"The affidavit and criminal complaint (filed in the Dickerson case) detail information concerning the investigation of the criminal conduct of multiple individuals engaged in interstate crimes, and they disclose specific evidence uncovered in the investigation to date," the motion to seal said.

Court documents should remain sealed, the motion said "to protect the integrity of the investigation."

"The relevance of the information in the affidavit could severely jeopardize an ongoing investigation into the criminal activity of (Dickerson) and would also potentially alert suspects currently at large," the motion to seal the criminal complaint and accompanying affidavit said.