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

Friday, April 19, 2013

Joint Federal And State Investigation Leads To Arrests And Weapons And Drugs Seizures

Tampa, Florida - United States Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announces the unsealing of indictments charging Anthony Maurice McSwain (28, Pinellas County) and Jarvis Antwan Dorsey (22, Pinellas County) with weapons and drugs offenses. If convicted on all counts, each faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in federal prison. McSwain is charged with four counts of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, and two counts of distribution of cocaine. Dorsey is charged with one count of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, and two counts of distribution of cocaine. Both were arraigned on April 16, 2013, and were ordered detained pending trial.

According to the indictment against McSwain, he is charged with having possessed a Ruger pistol, a Rossi .38 caliber revolver, a Ruger rifle, a Colt .45 caliber pistol, and a Winchester rifle. The indictment against Dorsey alleges that he possessed a MAC-10 .45 caliber pistol. Both McSwain and Dorsey are previously convicted felons and prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition under federal law.

An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed a violation of the federal criminal laws, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.

These cases were investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives ("ATF"), the Largo Police Department, and the Clearwater Police Department. The cases arose from a joint federal and state investigation resulted in 28 people being arrested on state and federal violations, and the seizure of 13 firearms, as well as quantities of cocaine, marijuana, hydrocodone and other narcotics. The federal cases arising from the investigation will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mark E. Bini.

Updated January 26, 2015