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Felon Sentenced To 20 Years For Gun Possession And Narcotics Distribution

June 6, 2012

Tampa, Florida - Senior United States District Court Judge Susan C. Bucklew sentenced Paul Gregory Wiles (33, Brandon) today to 20 years in federal prison for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possessing a firearm as a convicted felon, and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. Wiles pled guilty on November 2, 2011.

According to court documents, Wiles was involved in the sale of a Zastava AK-47 assault rifle, with an attached 75-round drum magazine, and 3 other ammunition magazines to an undercover agent. He also sold a .45 caliber Glock pistol and a half ounce of crystal methamphetamine to the same undercover agent. At the time of these transactions, Wiles was a previously convicted felon and therefore prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jay L. Hoffer.

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 Virginia O’Brien, 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.









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