PANAMA CITY MAN CHARGED WITH FEDERAL DRUG AND FIREARMS OFFENSES
PANAMA CITY, FLORIDA -- Ronterreal D. Gainer, 34, of Panama City, Florida, was arraigned today on federal drug trafficking and firearms charges, announced Pamela C. Marsh, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida.
The first two counts of the three-count indictment charge that on July 18, 2010, Gainer possessed crack cocaine with the intent to distribute, and possessed a firearm, specifically a Hi-Point 9 millimeter pistol, in furtherance of this offense. The third count of the indictment alleges that Gainer was a convicted felon at the time he possessed the pistol and 9 millimeter ammunition.
Gainer faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison if convicted on the drug offense charged in Count One of the indictment. He faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years’ imprisonment if convicted of possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense, and a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years’ imprisonment if convicted of possessing a firearm while a convicted felon. The 5 year sentence for possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense must be served consecutively to any other sentence imposed in the case.
At Gainer’s initial appearance this afternoon, United States Magistrate Judge Larry Bodiford set the matter for a detention hearing on April 15, 2011, at 1:30 p.m. Trial is scheduled for June 6, 2011.
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Bay County Sheriff’s Office. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Gayle E. Littleton.
An indictment is merely a formal charge by the grand jury, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.