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

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Friday, March 22, 2019

Cape Coral Felon Sentenced To More Than Nine Years For Possessing A Firearm

Fort Myers, FL – U.S. District Judge Sheri Polster Chappell has sentenced Eddie Junior Saez (28, Cape Coral) to nine years and seven months in federal prison for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. Saez was found guilty by a federal jury on December 12, 2018.

According to evidence presented at trial, on March 12, 2015, while executing a search warrant at Saez’s residence, Lee County Sheriff deputies located a loaded .45 caliber handgun that was concealed in a knit cap. The investigation had revealed that, in addition to the firearm, Saez had been storing lucrative quantities of narcotics at the home, which he shared with his parents. As a previously convicted felon, Saez is prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition under federal law. 

This case was investigated by the FBI and the Lee County Sheriff’s Office. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Simon R. Eth.

This is another case prosecuted as part of the Department of Justice’s “Project Safe Neighborhoods” Program (PSN), which is a nationwide, crime reduction strategy aimed at decreasing violent crime in communities. It involves a comprehensive approach to public safety – one that includes investigating and prosecuting crimes, along with prevention and reentry efforts. In the Middle District of Florida, U.S. Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez coordinates PSN efforts in cooperation with various federal, state, and local law enforcement officials.

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Updated March 22, 2019