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Lutz Man Pleads Guilty To Illegally Possessing A Firearm

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Florida

Tampa, Florida – United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces that Toney Dewayne Salter (31, Lutz) has pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. Salter faces a minimum mandatory penalty of 15 years, up to life, in federal prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set. Salter has also agreed to forfeit the firearm traceable to the offense.

According to court documents, on February 21, 2022, officers from the Tampa Police Department encountered Salter when they pulled over a car for a traffic infraction. After detecting an odor of marijuana and observing a firearm in the driver’s possession, the officers searched the vehicle and located a handgun under Salter’s seat. They also located quantities of cocaine and marijuana during the search of the vehicle.

At the time of his arrest, Salter had multiple felony convictions, including convictions for delivery of cocaine and delivery of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a church. As such, he is prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition under federal law.

This case was investigated by the Tampa Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David P. Sullivan. The forfeiture is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney Suzanne C. Nebesky.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

Updated May 2, 2023

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