Man Indicted on Federal Drug and Gun Charges

Joseph Tyrell Duhon, 25, of Panama City, Florida, has been
indicted in United States District Court in a four-count indictment, charging him with federal drug and gun crimes. The charges relate to events that took place on January 4, 2011.

Count One of the Indictment charges Duhon with possessing crack cocaine and marijuana with intent to distribute. Count Two charges him with possessing three firearms in furtherance of his drug trafficking: a Hi-Point .380 caliber pistol, a Rossi .38 special revolver, and a Ruger .40 caliber rifle. Count Three charges him with possessing these firearms and ammunition as a convicted felon, and Count Four charges him with possessing the firearms, knowing that they were stolen.

Duhon will make his initial appearance in federal court tomorrow, April 12, 2011, at 1:30 p.m., before United States Magistrate Judge Larry A. Bodiford at the United States Courthouse, in Panama City.

If convicted, Duhon faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison on Count One, 10 years on each of Counts Three and Four, a mandatory consecutive sentence of at least 5 years in prison on Count Two and fines totaling 1.75 million dollars.

An indictment is merely a formal charging document issued by a federal grand jury, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty of those charges beyond a reasonable doubt.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Panama City Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Gayle E. Littleton.

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