Orlando Man Sentenced to 10 Years for Drug Trafficking and Firearm Possession

Antione Oshea Ladson, 29, of Orlando, has been sentenced by U.S. District Judge Carlos E. Mendoza to 10 years and 6 months in federal prison for drug trafficking and possessing a firearm and ammunition as a convicted felon. Ladson pleaded guilty on July 11, 2023.

Court documents revealed that on August 27, 2022, Ladson shot another man in the neck after a brief verbal altercation at a hotel in Orlando. Despite the use of ammunition similar to that commonly found in military assault rifles, the man survived the shooting.

On November 16, 2022, Ladson was apprehended at a convenience store in Orlando, where officers discovered a fanny pack containing Ladson’s identification, digital scales used for weighing narcotics, a pistol magazine, plastic baggies containing cocaine and marijuana, and a Glock 23 pistol loaded with ammunition. Ladson, who had multiple prior felony convictions, was prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition under federal law.

Further investigation on December 27, 2022, by members of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office Gang Enforcement Unit led to the discovery of an XD9 firearm, additional ammunition, crack cocaine, and marijuana in Ladson’s vehicle near Orange Blossom Trail.

Court documents also revealed Ladson’s habit of livestreaming himself driving around Orlando while armed with modified weapons.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office Gang Enforcement Unit. Assistant United States Attorney David Pardo prosecuted the case.

This prosecution is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a Department of Justice program aimed at reducing violent crime and gun violence through community collaboration and strategic enforcement priorities.

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