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Madison Man Convicted Of Drugs And Firearms Offenses

By: US Department of Justice Release Email
By: US Department of Justice Release Email

Press Release: US Department of Justice

TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – Johnny Curtis Bedgood, 46, of Madison, Florida was convicted today by a federal jury on charges that he possessed powder cocaine and more than 28 grams of crack cocaine with intent to distribute, that he possessed firearms in furtherance of the drug trafficking offense, and that he possessed firearms after felony convictions, according to the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Florida.

The charges against Bedgood were based upon a search warrant executed in Madison on August 16, 2012. Law enforcement seized more than 90 grams of crack cocaine, more than 100 grams of powder cocaine, two loaded handguns, drug ledgers, and a variety of drug paraphernalia from Bedgood’s Madison residence.

The search warrant was based upon a controlled buy of crack cocaine from Bedgood on August 1, 2012. During that deal, the informant made a video of Bedgood cooking powder cocaine into crack cocaine.

Officers seized a small amount of marijuana and $11,150 in cash when they arrested Bedgood on March 5, 2013, after Bedgood had been a fugitive for more than six months.

The two-day trial was held before United States District Judge Robert L. Hinkle. Sentencing is scheduled for September 26, 2013. Bedgood faces from ten years up to life in prison for the drug offense, a mandatory consecutive term from five years up to life in prison for possessing a firearm in furtherance of the drug offense, and from fifteen years up to life in prison for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, as well as fines, terms of supervised release, and special monetary assessments.

United States Attorney Pamela C. Marsh, credited the successful prosecution to the joint efforts of the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and the United States Marshal’s Service. Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael T. Simpson is prosecuting this case.


Press Release: US Department of Justice

TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – Johnny Curtis Bedgood, 46, of Madison, Florida, was arraigned today in federal court following his arrest on charges of drug trafficking and firearms offenses.

The three-count indictment filed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office alleges that on August 16, 2012, Bedgood possessed cocaine and more than 28 grams of crack cocaine with the intent to distribute. The indictment also charges that he possessed a .22 caliber revolver and a nine-millimeter pistol in furtherance of that offense.

In addition, Bedgood is alleged to have possessed these firearms after conviction for a felony offense. The indictment was announced today by Pamela C. Marsh, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida.

Bedgood pled not guilty to the charges at his arraignment hearing before United States Magistrate Judge Charles A. Stampelos. Trial is scheduled for May 7, 2013, in U.S. District Court in Tallahassee.

If convicted, Bedgood faces a mandatory minimum term of ten years up to life in prison for the drug offense, a mandatory, consecutive term of five years in prison for possessing a firearm in furtherance of the drug offense, and a mandatory term of fifteen years in prison for possession of a firearm as a convicted felon.

U.S. Attorney Marsh credited the arrest to the joint efforts of the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the United States Marshal’s Service, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael T. Simpson is prosecuting this case.

An indictment is merely an allegation by a grand jury that a defendant has committed a violation of federal criminal law and is not evidence of guilt. All defendants are presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial, during which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.


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