Javon Demetrius Fredericks was arrested in Ocala and found guilty at trial

A Reddick man will spend the next 25 years in a federal prison for weapons and drug possession.

Senior U.S. District Judge James D. Whittemore sentenced Javon Demetrius Fredericks, 40, on Aug. 29. Earlier this year, a jury found Fredericks guilty of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, carrying a firearm in relation to a drug trafficking crime and possession with the intent to distribute controlled substances.

The case is part of the Department of Justice's Project Safe Neighborhoods Program (PSNP), a nationwide plan aimed at reducing violent crimes in communities.

Federal officials said Ocala police officials came upon Fredericks at Parkside Gardens Apartments, a public housing complex at 621 NW Second St., the morning of Sept. 29. Fredericks tried to hide a hand-rolled cigarette that had drugs, police officials said. The officers found a loaded handgun in Fredericks' pants.

Searching Fredericks, officials said they also found drugs such as MDMA or ecstasy, bath salts and cocaine. His past criminal convictions qualifies him as an armed career criminal and a career offender.

Ocala police officials, along with the FBI, Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated the case. U.S. Assistant Attorney Robert E. Bodnar prosecuted.