Tarpon Springs Man Sentenced To 5 Years In Federal Prison For Narcotics And Firearm Charges
Tampa, FL - U.S. District Judge James D. Whittemore yesterday sentenced Gary Galati (46, Tarpon Springs) to five years in federal prison for possessing with intent to distribute marijuana and using a firearm during and in relation to that drug trafficking crime, and for possessing a firearm in furtherance of that drug trafficking crime. Galati pleaded guilty to those charges on January 15, 2013.
According to court documents, Galati owned Galati Guns, Inc. and sold firearms without maintaining records as required by federal law. In addition, during the course of the investigation, Galati sold marijuana, firearms, and ammunition to a confidential source. On December 12, 2012, while at Galati Guns, Galati exchanged two firearms for marijuana with the confidential source. Later that day, federal agents executed search warrants at Galati Guns and at Galati’s residence, where they found additional marijuana near a loaded firearm.
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office, and the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Joseph W. Swanson.
This is another case prosecuted as a part of the Department of Justice’s “Project Safe Neighborhoods” program - a nationwide, gun-violence reduction strategy. United States Attorney Robert E. O’Neill, along with Julie Torres, Special Agent in Charge, ATF, is coordinating the Project Safe Neighborhoods effort here in the Middle District of Florida in cooperation with federal, state, and local law enforcement officials.