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Nassau County Repeat Offender Pleads Guilty To Federal Drug Offense

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

Jacksonville, Florida – Shawn Andrew Wilson (47, Fernandina Beach) has pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine.  Wilson faces a minimum mandatory penalty of 5 years, and up to, 40 years in federal prison.

According to the plea agreement, on September 2, 2021, at approximately 2:00 a.m., in Jacksonville, Florida, Wilson was riding a motorcycle with the license plate folded up and not visible – a traffic violation.  When a police officer signaled him to stop, Wilson made a U-turn and appeared to pull over but then accelerated and fled, racing through a red traffic light and then crashing.  Officers then arrested Wilson and, during a subsequent search, found in his backpack a jacket, the linings of which concealed four plastic bags containing over 100 grams of methamphetamine.

Wilson committed this offense while serving a term of supervised release for a previous federal offense.  Specifically, in July 2019, a federal court convicted Wilson of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and sentenced him to 40 months’ imprisonment followed by a three-year term of supervised release, which term he began serving in April 2021.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.  It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael J. Coolican.

Updated December 17, 2021

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