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Broward County Felon Sentenced to 10 Years for Federal Gun and Identity Theft Crimes

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

MIAMI – Deshawn Lemonte Wheeler, a 38-year-old felon from Lauderhill, Florida, was sentenced to 120 months in prison for possessing a cache of firearms and ammunition, as well as sensitive identity and financial information belonging to others.

Items recovered pursuant to a search warrant of Wheeler's home

According to court documents, a narcotics investigation led law enforcement officers to Wheeler.  On March 3, officers executed a search warrant at Wheeler’s home, where they recovered 10 firearms (including pistols, revolvers, and a rifle), multiple high-capacity-drums and other magazines, and a vast amount of multiple caliber ammunition.  They also recovered numerous credit and debit card account numbers, bank account numbers, driver’s license identification numbers, and a Department of Defense identification number, all belonging to other people, say the court filings. 

On March 3, Wheeler was a felon, having been previously convicted in federal court of conspiring to commit a Hobbs Act robbery.

(Court docket entry #8, exhibit #1)

Juan Antonio Gonzalez, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and Robert M. DeWitt, Acting Special Agent in Charge, FBI Miami, made the announcement.

FBI Miami investigated the case, with assistance from Broward County Sheriff’s Office, Lauderhill Police Department, and Fort Lauderdale Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph A. Cooley prosecuted the case.

This case stems from Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that brings together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.  In 2017, PSN was reinvigorated as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement, and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.

Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at or at, under case number 22-cr-60063.



Public Affairs Unit
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Florida

Updated September 16, 2022

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