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

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Miami-Dade County Resident Sentenced for Being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm

A Brownsville resident was sentenced to 63 months for being a felon in possession of a firearm yesterday.

Wifredo A. Ferrer, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Hugo J. Barrera, Special Agent in Charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Miami Field Division, and J.D. Patterson, Director, Miami-Dade Police Department (MDPD), made the announcement.

Contrell Leo Floyd, a/k/a “Kevin Wells,” 34, was convicted in a two-day trial before U.S. District Judge Federico A. Moreno for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

On October 20, 2014, in the early afternoon, two Robbery Intervention Detail MDPD Detectives in an unmarked vehicle saw Floyd in front of Brownsville middle school and began to approach Floyd to ask him questions.  Before they could speak with him, Floyd quickly stopped, turned toward the car, and pulled up his shirt to flash a handgun that was tucked in his waistband.  Immediately upon seeing the gun, one detective drew his weapon and announced “police!”  Floyd fled and threw the firearm into a public park in front of Brownsville middle school.  The police apprehended Floyd after a short pursuit and recovered the loaded handgun.

Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of ATF and MDPD. This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Timothy Abraham and Vanessa Snyder.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida at Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at or on

Updated February 4, 2016