Naples Felon Pleads Guilty To Unlawfully Possessing Firearm In Furtherance Of Drug Trafficking Crimes
Tampa, Florida –United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces the return by a grand jury of an indictment charging Jerome Miller, Jr. (38, Tampa) with possession of ammunition by an Armed Career Criminal. If convicted, Miller faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years’ imprisonment. The indictment also notifies Miller that the United States intends to forfeit the ammunition traceable to the offense.
The indictment alleges that on February 8, 2022, in Tampa, Miller was in possession of ammunition. At the time of the incident, Miller had three previous convictions for delivery of cocaine within 1,000 feet of a church. As a previously convicted felon, he is prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition under federal law.
An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed one or more violations of federal criminal law, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.
This case was investigated by the City of Tampa Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation Violent Crime Task Force. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Maria Guzman. The forfeiture will be handled by Assistant United States Attorney Suzanne Nebesky.
This case is being prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state, and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program, the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.