A Harrisburg man who was arrested in Douglas County last year was sentenced to 5 years in federal prison Monday by the U.S. District Attorney’s Office.

Shawn Sherman Wilson, Jr., 27, was charged with dealing heroin and illegally possessing a firearm.

Law enforcement began investigating Wilson last year after receiving a tip that he was trafficking heroin in and around Eugene.

An undercover agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives met with Wilson in late July to buy an ounce of heroin in front of Taylor’s Bar and Grill in Eugene.

On July 24, the ATF agent got into Wilson’s car and saw a 9mm handgun sitting in between Wilson’s legs, according to the Department of Justice.

The agent bought $1,200 worth of heroin from Wilson.

Two weeks later, Wilson was arrested in Douglas County after leaving a 9mm handgun in a Comfort Inn hotel room.

The hotel manager notified Roseburg police, and after checking the serial number officers found out that the gun had been stolen from the Sportsman’s Warehouse in Florence.

Police waited for Wilson to return to retrieve his gun and arrested him on suspicion of first-degree theft.

When he was interviewed, Wilson denied that the gun was his, and said he found it in the hotel room.

He was later charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm. His arraignment is set for Oct. 29.

Saphara Harrell can be reached at 541-957-4216 or sharrell@nrtoday.com. Or on Twitter @daisysaphara.

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Saphara Harrell is the crime and natural resources reporter for The News-Review. She previously worked at The World in Coos Bay. Follow her on Twitter @daisysaphara.

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