Convicted Felon Found Guilty Of Drug And Firearm Charges
Orlando, Florida - U.S. Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announces that a federal jury yesterday found Curtis Lee Dallas (32, Orlando) guilty of being a felon in possession of a firearm, and using that firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. Dallas faces a minimum penalty of 20 years in federal prison. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for July 25, 2013. Dallas was indicted on August 22, 2012.
According to testimony and evidence presented at trial, on the evening of February 16, 2012, officers with the Orlando Police Department pulled Dallas over for a suspected window tint violation. As one of the officers approached Dallas, as he sat in the vehicle, the officer smelled marijuana and saw that Dallas had marijuana sprinkled across his lap, and realized that Dallas was hiding something in his mouth. Dallas refused to get out of the car and struggled with the officer. When the officer managed to remove Dallas from the car, he found that Dallas had a loaded 9mm pistol tucked into a holster clipped to his pants. Upon searching the vehicle, officers found several plastic bags filled with marijuana, a plastic bag filled with crack cocaine, almost $1000 in cash, and a 50-count box of bullets, the same caliber and brand as loaded in Dallas's gun. After Dallas was arrested, he also spat a plastic bag filled with powder cocaine that he had hidden in his mouth.
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Joseph M. Schuster.