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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Florida

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Armed Career Criminal Sentenced To Fifteen Years In Prison For Selling Firearms

Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge Steven D. Merryday today sentenced Ryan Perrin (34, Palm Harbor) to 15 years in federal prison for possessing firearms and ammunition as a convicted felon. Perrin’s criminal history—including prior state felony convictions for selling cocaine and aggravated assault—qualified him for sentencing as an Armed Career Criminal. Perrin had pleaded guilty on October 31, 2019.

According to court documents, in April 2017, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) learned that Perrin, a convicted felon, was trafficking in firearms in Pinellas County. An undercover ATF special agent arranged to meet with Perrin, and purchased firearms and ammunition from him on two occasions. In total, Perrin sold 7 firearms and 87 rounds of ammunition to the undercover agent.         

This case is the result of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF). The principal mission of the OCDETF program is to identify, disrupt and dismantle the most serious drug trafficking, weapons trafficking and money laundering organizations, and those primarily responsible for the nation’s illegal drug supply. The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Pasco Sheriff’s Office. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael Sinacore.

Topic(s): 
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Firearms Offenses
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Updated June 30, 2020