Daytona Beach Drug Dealer Sentenced to 15 Years in Federal Prison
Orlando, Florida - U.S. Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announces that U.S. District Judge Anne C. Conway today sentenced Jerome Walker (29, Daytona Beach) to 15 years in federal prison for possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense. Walker pleaded guilty on December 20, 2011.
Walker was charged in May 2010, as part of a joint federal and state effort to target armed career drug dealers and violent criminals in Daytona Beach. To date, the investigation has led to the arrest of approximately 50 people who have been charged in federal and state court.
According to court documents, during the summer of 2009, Walker and an accomplice met on two separate occasions with undercover agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). During each meeting, Walker and his accomplice sold crack cocaine and a firearm to the agents. According to documents and statements presented during Walker's sentencing, he has numerous prior convictions for drug and other offenses.
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Daytona Beach Police Department, with forensic support from the Drug Enforcement Administration. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Vincent S. Chiu.
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.