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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Florida

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Crestview Man Sentenced to 120 Months in Prison for Possessing Firearms and Drugs

PENSACOLA, FLORIDA – Terrell Jerome Cochran, 42, of Crestview, Florida, was sentenced yesterday to serve 120 months in prison after pleading guilty on October 4, 2017, to possession with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of a mixture and substance containing methamphetamine, and possession of firearms and ammunition by a convicted felon.  The sentence was announced by Christopher P. Canova, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida.

In March 2017, in response to a residential alarm, deputies met with Cochran, a previously convicted felon, outside his residence.  While speaking with Cochran, deputies noticed a strong marijuana odor coming from inside.  Investigators then obtained and executed a search warrant on Cochran’s residence.  During the search, investigators located and seized a FA Cugir 7.62x39 millimeter rifle, a Ruger 9 millimeter pistol, 136.7 grams of a mixture and substance containing methamphetamine, and a small amount of marijuana and cocaine from inside the residence.  The rifle was loaded with an extended magazine containing 30 rounds of ammunition, and the pistol was loaded with six rounds of ammunition.

The case resulted from the investigation by the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney J. Ryan Love.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that has been historically successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.  Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made turning the tide of rising violent crime in America a top priority.

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Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
Project Safe Neighborhoods
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For more information, contact: Amy Alexander, Public Information Officer amy.alexander@usdoj.gov
Updated April 10, 2018