Bradenton Felon Convicted Of Drug Trafficking And Gun Offenses
Tampa, Florida - U.S. Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announces today that a federal jury found Michael Renard Albury, Jr. (27, Clearwater) guilty of possessing with the intent to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine, possessing with the intent to distribute crack cocaine and BZP, possessing two different guns in furtherance of those drug trafficking activities, and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. Albury faces a maximum penalty of life in federal prison. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for August 22, 2012. Albury was charged pursuant to a superseding indictment in December 2011.
According to testimony and evidence presented at trial, in July 2011, Albury stayed at the Holiday Inn Express in Bradenton. On July 26, 2011, officers with the Bradenton Police Department were called to the hotel because a fully loaded .45 caliber pistol and suspected cocaine were found in a room that had been vacated by Albury. In response to that call, officers observed additional signs that drug trafficking was taking place in the room vacated by Albury. Based on that information, a search warrant was obtained for Albury’s new room. In the new room, law enforcement officers located additional evidence of Albury’s drug trafficking, including more than one-half kilogram of cocaine, 600 tablets of BZP, which is a drug likened to Ecstacy, another firearm, and approximately $15,000 in currency.
This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Bradenton Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Matt Jackson.