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Middle District of Florida

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Methamphetamine Dealer Sentenced To 25 Years In Prison

Orlando, Florida – U.S. District Judge Roy B. Dalton, Jr. yesterday sentenced Michael Gordon Watson (41, Melbourne) to 25 years in federal prison for possessing with the intent to distribute more than 1 kilogram of methamphetamine, more than 3 kilograms of marijuana, and a large quantity of MDMA. Watson also possessed two loaded firearms at the time of his arrest, which the court ordered him to forfeit. Watson pleaded guilty on March 13, 2018.

On September 25, 2017, an officer with the Palm Bay Police Department conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle being driven by Watson and confirmed that Watson had a suspended driver’s license. During an interview with the officer, Watson admitted that he had been previously arrested for drugs and trafficking in methamphetamine. A police canine unit was dispatched to the scene and alerted positively to the presence of drugs in Watson’s vehicle. During a subsequent search of the vehicle, officers located two loaded firearms, methamphetamine, marijuana, MMDA, and $13,180 in cash.  

This case was investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Palm Bay Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Embry J. Kidd.

Drug Trafficking
Updated July 3, 2018