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Pensacola Man Gets 21 Years In Federal Prison For "Operation Anything For A Buck" Convictions

February 21, 2012

PENSACOLA, FLORIDA – Jacobi F. Foster, 29, of Pensacola, was sentenced to just over twenty-one years in prison this morning on charges relating to his possession and sale of firearms and cocaine to undercover agents last year, announced United States Attorney Pamela C. Marsh, Northern District of Florida.

The federal indictment alleged that Foster possessed over thirty firearms and small amounts of cocaine during a two to three month period wherein he sold the items to law enforcement working inside an undercover pawnshop as part of “Operation Anything for a Buck.” The multitude of firearms included assault rifles, semi-automatic handguns and revolvers. Foster also sold ammunition to undercover agents. Foster’s sentence was largely based upon the number of firearms and cocaine he sold as well as a criminal history which included state convictions for drug sales, aggravated assault and attempted carjacking.

Chief United States District Judge M. Casey Rodgers imposed the twenty-one year sentence today, to be followed by a six year term of supervised release. Chief Judge Rodgers admonished Foster for years of criminal behavior and the sheer volume of firearms sold.

U.S. Attorney Marsh renewed her appreciation and praise for the work of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office and other supporting agencies during the course of the investigation. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David L. Goldberg.








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