U.S. Department of Justice
United States Attorney
Middle District of Florida
For Immediate Release
January 14, 2010
A. Brian Albritton, United States Attorney
Contact: Steve Cole
(813) 274-6300 (fax)
Cocaine and Firearm Land Deltona Man 22 Years in Federal Prison
Orlando, Florida — U.S. Attorney A. Brian Albritton announces that U.S. District Judge Mary S. Scriven yesterday sentenced Corey Lee Taylor (age 40, of Deltona) to 22 years in federal prison for distributing cocaine, possessing cocaine with the intent to distribute it, possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and possessing a firearm after being convicted of a felony. Taylor had entered a guilty plea to the charges on October 8, 2009.
According to court documents, Taylor sold powder cocaine to a confidential informant on May 13, 2009, at Taylor’s home on West Embassy Drive in Deltona. When agents executed a search warrant at the home on May 22, 2009, Taylor, his wife and three minor children were present. Taylor admitted to the agents that he had a handgun, powder cocaine, and crack cocaine in the master bedroom. Agents subsequently recovered a Smith and Wesson .357 caliber revolver that had been used to protect Taylor’s drug distribution operation. They also found cocaine packaged for distribution in Taylor’s personal belongings and a second handgun concealed in the attic of the home.
Taylor is a previously convicted felon who was on federal supervised release for counterfeiting at the time of these offenses. As a convicted felon, he is prohibited from possessing firearms under federal law. Taylor’s extensive criminal record, including his prior convictions for drug distribution subjected him to an enhanced punishment under federal law.
This case was investigated by the West Volusia County Narcotics Task Force, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert E. Bodnar, Jr.