Armed Career Criminal Sentenced To More Than 15 Years In Federal Prison
Tampa, Florida - U.S. District Judge Virginia M. Hernandez Covington yesterday sentenced Coquette April Frost (27, Tampa) to 15 years and 6 months in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm. She was also ordered to serve a five-year term of supervised release, following her release from prison. Frost pleaded guilty on September 18, 2012.
According to the plea agreement and other court documents, on December 20, 2011, Frost sold cocaine base and a loaded pistol to a confidential informant (CI). On January 6, 2012, she sold an additional amount of cocaine base to a CI. Tampa Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) executed a search warrant at Frost’s residence on February 7, 2012. During the search, a shotgun, ammunition, drug paraphernalia, and $11,366 in cash was recovered from Frost’s bedroom. Frost, a convicted felon, is prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition under federal law .
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Tampa Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mark E. Bini.
It is another case prosecuted as a part of the Department of Justice’s “Project Safe Neighborhoods” program - a nationwide, gun-violence reduction strategy led by ATF. United States Attorney Robert E. O’Neill, along with Julie Torres, Special Agent in Charge, ATF, is coordinating the Project Safe Neighborhoods effort here in the Middle District of Florida in cooperation with federal, state, and local law enforcement officials.