US Attorney, ATF and Escambia Sheriff Announce Results of Store Front Operation

By: USDOJ Press Release
By: USDOJ Press Release

Pensacola, FL - The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Florida and multiple law enforcement agencies announced that 22 federal indictments were unsealed today in federal court, charging 22 separate defendants with federal firearm violations. Fifty-three additional defendants were charged by state authorities on violations related to state illegal firearm possession, drug distribution, and dealing in stolen property. The federal and state charges follow an eight-month undercover investigation referred to as “Operation Anything for a Buck.”

The United States Attorney’s Office, the State Attorney’s Office, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (“ATF”), the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, and the Pensacola Police Department initiated “Operation Anything for a Buck” in February 2011. Undercover ATF agents and Escambia County investigators posed as individuals interested in purchasing firearms, illegal drugs and stolen property.

In the federal indictments, 12 defendants who sold firearms and drugs to the undercover agents and investigators are alleged to be previously convicted felons. In addition, a number of the guns purchased by undercover agents had been reported as stolen.

During the operation, undercover agents and investigators purchased 270 firearms, including handguns, rifles, assault rifles and sawed-off shotguns, and more than 2,600 rounds of ammunition. In over 100 individual drug deals, they also obtained illegal drugs, including cocaine, marijuana, heroin, hydrocodone, xanax, and oxycodone.

“The residents of Escambia County and communities across the state can feel a little safer today thanks to the tireless efforts of the brave law enforcement officers and agents who took part in this effort,” said U.S. Attorney Pamela C. Marsh. “We know from experience that gun violence goes hand-in-hand with gangs and drugs. Our law enforcement officers worked incredibly hard, in the heat of a Florida summer, to take these guns and drugs out of our community. They deserve all the credit for this successful joint effort. I assure you we will not stop here and together we will continue to do what it takes to rid our streets of criminal activity.”

"This undercover operation was very successful because of the excellent cooperation that occurred between all the agencies,” said State Attorney William “Bill” Eddins. The tremendous allocation of manpower and resources necessary to conduct such an operation would not have been possible without assignment of personnel from the various agencies. Our office has assigned Special Prosecutors to handle these cases who have worked closely with the various agencies during this operation. Each defendant arrested as a result of this investigation will be vigorously prosecuted."

“This ATF and Escambia County Sheriff’s Office undercover operation focused on reducing violent gun crime in the City of Pensacola, throughout Escambia County and surrounding areas,” said ATF Special Agent in Charge Virginia O’Brien. “Escambia County undercover deputies, working side by side with ATF undercover agents, removed hundreds of guns, thousands of rounds of ammunition and various quantities of narcotics from the hands of convicted felons and armed narcotics traffickers. ATF is committed to working with all our partners in making our communities safer places to live, and work.”

“This is the kind of creative and collaborative law enforcement initiative that has a direct impact on local communities,” said FDLE Commissioner Gerald Bailey. “We commend the agencies involved for their proactive work to take firearms out of the hands of dangerous felons.”

“The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office is honored to have been a partner with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and other local and federal agencies during the recent ‘Operation Anything for a Buck’,” said Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan. “It has been, to say the least, a phenomenal success. The citizens of Escambia County can be proud of the collective efforts of all the men and women involved. It has been my distinct honor to have been a part of making our community a safer place to work, worship and play.”

“The value of this operation is immeasurable, and we may never know how many lives this may have saved,” said Pensacola Police Chief Chip Simmons. “An extensive operation such as this wouldn't be possible without the cooperation of all the agencies involved.”

Following numerous arrests this morning, initial appearances for many of the federally indicted defendants will be held in United States District Court, Pensacola, Florida, on November 3, 2011. A listing of the names of the fifty-four defendants arrested this morning is attached.

U.S. Attorney Marsh emphasized that an indictment is merely an allegation by a grand jury and is not evidence of guilt. All defendants are entitled to a fair trial, during which it will be the Government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys J. Ryan Love and David Goldberg are prosecuting the federal cases for the United States.

Attachment A

Federal Defendants Charged:

Lavonta Omar Beasley, 19, Pensacola, Florida

Jesse Leon Chesser, 47, Pensacola, Florida

James Collins, Jr., 23, Pensacola, Florida

Maurice Finklea, 30, Pensacola, Florida

Erick Anthony Fluker, 24, Pensacola, Florida

Jacobi Franciscus Foster, 28, Pensacola, Florida

Corval Markuess Franklin, 23, Pensacola, Florida

Ferronta Lavon Jackson, 27, Pensacola, Florida

Roderick Delano Jones, 33, Pensacola, Florida

Anthony Lewis Jr., 22, Pensacola, Florida

Robert Charles Moeckel, 28, Pensacola, Florida

Jeremy Lee Norris, 23, Pace, Florida

Warren Phillips, 22, Pensacola, Florida

Eudolph Tyra Porter, 28, Pensacola, Florida

Orlance Jonathan Sangster, 20, Pensacola, Florida

Glenn Edward Williams, 49, Pensacola, Florida

Attachment B

State Defendants Charged:

Lavonta Omar Beasley, 19, Pensacola, Florida

Dureco Konne Brown, 22, Pensacola, Florida

Curry Chestnut, III, 20, Pensacola, Florida

James Collins, Jr., 23, Pensacola, Florida

Vontricia Sherial Dale, 25, Pensacola, Florida

Tonjas Dixon, 19, Pensacola, Florida

Jamal Ladariur Dortch, Jr., 21, Pensacola, Florida

Richard Dumas, Jr., 21, Pensacola, Florida

Deondre Raynard Fluker, 20, Pensacola, Florida

Eric Anthony Fluker, 24, Pensacola, Florida

Brandon Keith Fore, 33, Pace, Florida

Jacobi Franciscus Foster, 28, Pensacola, Florida

Stephen Lawrence Grimsley, 23, Pensacola, Florida

Muriel Shundell Holland, 40, Pensacola, Florida

Dell C. Howard, 32, Pensacola, Florida

Ferronta Lavon Jackson, 27, Pensacola, Florida

Myron Demetrius James, 35, Pensacola, Florida

Cedric Corrsell Jones, 24, Pensacola, Florida

Roderick Delano Jones, 32, Pensacola, Florida

Peter Ricky Kemp, 20, Pensacola, Florida

Anthony Lewis, Jr., 22, Pensacola, Florida

Kazadius Taheen McQueen, 21, Pensacola, Florida

Quandriguez Duvonta Mosley, 18, Pensacola, Florida

Jacobia Ladraina Newberry, 20, Pensacola, Florida

Steven Joseph Owens, 36, Pensacola, Florida

Warren Phillips, 22, Pensacola, Florida

Michael Everett Plant, Jr., 36, Pace, Florida

Maurice Lamont Rembert, 36, Pensacola, Florida

Orlance Jonathan Sangster, 20, Pensacola, Florida

Dustin Michael Scheibe, 31, Pace, Florida

Kevin Allen Sealey, 41, Pensacola, Florida

Kyle Allen Sealey, 20, Pensacola, Florida

Daniel Demetris Sigmen, 23, Pensacola, Florida

Jeffery Lovell Stanton, 42, Pensacola, Florida

Dominique Roger Warren, 22, Pensacola, Florida

Darrel Williams, 45, Pensacola, Florida

Darrell Williams, Jr., 20, Pensacola, Florida

Glenn Edward Williams, 49, Pensacola, Florida


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