Florida Man Pleads Guilty to Drug Trafficking and Illegal Firearm Possession

In Immokalee, Florida, Javier Joel Perez, aged 45, has pleaded guilty to serious charges related to drug trafficking and illegal firearm possession, announced United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg. Perez admitted to possessing controlled substances with the intent to distribute, having a firearm to aid drug trafficking, and unlawfully possessing a firearm and ammunition as a previously convicted felon. These offenses carry a maximum penalty of life imprisonment. The sentencing date is pending. Additionally, Perez has agreed to surrender the firearm and ammunition used in the crimes.

Court documents reveal that deputies from the Collier County Sheriff’s Office conducted a search at Perez’s residence, where they discovered marijuana, cocaine, and methamphetamine packaged for sale, along with a loaded firearm. Perez confessed to ownership of the illicit items found in his home. Notably, Perez has a criminal history, with nine prior felony convictions, rendering him ineligible to possess firearms or ammunition under federal law.

The investigation into this case was a collaborative effort between the Collier County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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