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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Savannah Resident Sentenced For Firearm and Drug Crimes

Savannah, GA – Bobby L. Christine, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia, announced today that Savannah resident, Joseph Nathaniel Blake, 34, was sentenced yesterday by Senior Judge William T. Moore, Jr. to 151 months imprisonment for federal drug and weapons charges. He was also sentenced to serve 3 years supervised release upon his release from prison. 

Blake had previously pled guilty in October 2017, to the charges of possession of a firearm as a felon and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.  Evidence presented at the guilty plea and the sentencing hearing established that Blake had 6 previous drug convictions, 3 previous firearms convictions and 3 previous fleeing to elude convictions.  Blake was classified as a career offender under the federal sentencing guidelines.

United States Attorney Christine said: We will not tolerate those who continuously break the law like this defendant did. We will be relentless in our pursuit and prosecution of those who illegally possess firearms and narcotics.”

The U.S. Attorney’s Office prosecuted Blake as part of Project Ceasefire, a joint federal, state and local initiative to combat gun violence and ensure that repeat offenders are subject to stiffer federal sentences, without the possibility of parole.

The case was investigated by the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the Savannah Chatham Metropolitan Police Department.  Assistant United States Attorney Charlie Bourne prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States.For any questions, please contact the United States Attorney’s Office at (912) 652-4422.

Updated February 6, 2018