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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Florida

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Orlando Man Pleads Guilty To Impersonating A DEA Agent And Unlawful Possession Of A Firearm

Orlando, Florida – United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that William Benjamin Mejias (41, Orlando) today pleaded guilty to impersonating a Drug Enforcement Administration agent and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  Mejias faces a maximum penalty of thirteen years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set.

According to the plea agreement and court documents, Mejias appeared at nightclubs in Orlando dressed in clothes that identified him as an agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Mejias wore authentic-looking DEA badges, carried a firearm and reportedly told several people that he was a DEA agent. He also posted photos of himself on social media websites wearing DEA clothes, a DEA badge, and a firearm. In September 2013, local police officers conducted a traffic stop on Mejias and he displayed a DEA badge and credentials to get out of the ticket. During a later search of Mejias’s residence, agents found a loaded semi-automatic firearm.

Mejias was convicted of three separate felony burglaries in 1994, 1995, and 1996, and was therefore prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition under federal law.

This case was investigated by Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Drug Enforcement Administration. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Bruce S. Ambrose.

Updated January 26, 2015