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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Lakeland Man Sentenced To 30 Months For Possessing Firearm And Ammunition

Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge Susan C. Bucklew has sentenced Solease Asiman Babb (32, Lakeland) to 30 months in federal prison for possessing a firearm and ammunition as a convicted felon. The court ordered Babb to forfeit the firearm and ammunition, and to serve a three-year term of supervised release following his release from prison. Babb had pleaded guilty on July 24, 2019.

According to court documents, officers from the Lakeland Police Department executed a search warrant at Babb’s home. Inside, detectives found a stolen, semi-automatic firearm, nine rounds of ammunition, and various controlled substances, including cocaine, marijuana, methamphetamine, and MDMA. In addition, the officers found several cellphones, digital scales, clear plastic bags, and a vacuum sealer. Babb admitted that the firearm and ammunition belonged to him. Babb, who had previously been convicted of a felony, is prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition under federal law.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Lakeland Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David C. Waterman.

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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Firearms Offenses
Project Safe Neighborhoods
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Updated October 30, 2019