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Sarasota Man Charged With Possessing Firearms And Marijuana

September 13, 2012

Tampa, Florida - United States Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announces the return by a grand jury of an indictment charging Roderick B. Sears (34, Sarasota) with being a felon in possession of four firearms and possessing marijuana with the intent to distribute it.  If convicted on both counts, Sears faces a maximum penalty of twenty years in federal prison.  The indictment also notifies Sears that the United States intends to forfeit the firearms and ammunition involved in the offenses.

According to the indictment, on July 27, 2012, Sears, who has multiple prior drug felony convictions, possessed four firearms and marijuana, which he intended to distribute.

An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed a violation of the federal criminal laws, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless,  and until, proven guilty.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office, the Manatee County Sheriff's Office, and the Sarasota Police Department.  It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer L. Peresie.

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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