Travis Antwan Yates, 31, entered a guilty plea. Marco Glover, 40, was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
A little more than two weeks after a 31-year-old Anthony man was indicted for possession of a firearm and ammunition as a convicted felon, federal officials say he has pleaded guilty to the charge.
The announcement came on Aug. 29.
Travis Antwan Yates faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal lockup, federal officials said. A sentencing date is not yet known. Assistant State Attorney Robert E. Bodnar Jr. is prosecuting the case, and Ocala police officials, together with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, conducted the investigation.
Officials said Yates was stopped on June 27 by Ocala police officials, and during the traffic infraction, a police dog alerted to drugs in the vehicle. Inside the vehicle, law enforcement officials found a black bag that contained cocaine, a loaded handgun, a digital scale, ski mask, several pairs of gloves and Yates' wallet.
Yates told authorities the items belong to him and he's not suppose to have a gun since he's a convicted felon. Federal officials said Yates has two burglary convictions.
The prosecution is apart of the Department of Justice’s Project Safe Neighborhoods Program, or PSNP, a nationwide crime reduction strategy whose goal is to reduce violent crime in communities. Marion County, which is part of the Middle District of Florida, works closely with federal, state and local officials for the PSNP initiative. U.S. Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez coordinates the PSNP efforts.
On Aug. 30 in the Ocala federal court, Senior U.S. District Judge James D. Whittemore sentenced 40-year-old Marco Glover, of Gainesville, to 10 years in federal prison for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Glover pleaded guilty to the charge on May 21, federal officials said.
On February 22, officials said, Glover and co-defendant Harry Covert Jr. sold three guns to an undercover Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agent. Then, on March 1, Glover sold four ounces of methamphetamine to the same undercover agent, authorities said.
Officials said Glover has state and federal drug convictions and qualified as an armed career criminal for federal sentencing.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael P. Felicetta.
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