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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, August 19, 2016

Lehigh Acres Convicted Felon Pleads Guilty To Gun And Drug Crimes

Fort Myers, FL – United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that James Thomas Bissell (32, Lehigh Acres) today pleaded guilty to possession with the intent to distribute cocaine, heroin, hydrocodone, marijuana, alprazolam and morphine, and possession of firearms as a convicted felon. The drug offenses are each punishable by a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison and the firearms offense is punishable by a maximum penalty of 10 years’ imprisonment.

According to the plea agreement, on October 23, 2015, Bissell sold cocaine and heroin to an undercover Lee County Sheriff’s detective at the defendant’s home in Lehigh Acres. On December 3, 2015, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at Bissell’s residence and recovered six types of controlled substances that he was holding for distribution, along with 34 firearms and cash. As a convicted felon, Bissell was prohibited from possessing the firearms, two of which had been previously reported stolen.     

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Lee County Sheriff’s Office. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David G. Lazarus.

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Opioids
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Drug Trafficking
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Updated December 12, 2017