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

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Armed Drug Dealer Sentenced To 10 Years

Jacksonville, Florida – U.S. District Judge Brian J. Davis today sentenced Darrell Maxwell (26, Satsuma) to 10 years in federal prison for possessing Molly, a Schedule I controlled substance, with the intent to distribute it and possessing a firearm in furtherance of that drug trafficking crime.  He pleaded guilty on December 14, 2015.

According to court documents, on June 10, 2015, Maxwell arrived at a gas station in Palatka where he had planned to sell Molly.  Members of the Tri-County Drug Task Force were aware that Maxwell was in possession of the Molly and subsequently arrested him.  During a search, a loaded .40 caliber pistol was recovered from Maxwell’s pants. 

This case was investigated by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).  It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Frank Talbot.

This is another case prosecuted as part of the Department of Justice’s “Project Safe Neighborhoods” Program - a nationwide, gun-violence reduction strategy.  United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III, along with Regina Lombardo, Special Agent in Charge, ATF, are coordinating the Project Safe Neighborhoods effort here in the Middle District of Florida in cooperation with federal, state, and local law enforcement officials. It is also a part of ATF’s Frontline Strategy on reducing violent crime in communities.

Project Safe Neighborhoods
Updated May 3, 2016