For Immediate Release
Friday, August 4, 2017
, United States Attorney
W. Stephen Muldrow
Contact: William Daniels
Bradenton Man Pleads Guilty to Firearm and Drug Trafficking Related Offenses
Tampa Field Division
Tampa, Florida– Acting United States Attorney W. Stephen Muldrow announces that Anthony Sanchez (25, Bradenton) today pleaded guilty to possessing with intent to distribute carfentanil and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime. He faces a mandatory minimum penalty of five years, up to life, in federal prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set.
According to the plea agreement, Sanchez sold an undercover agent a stolen Sig-Sauer 9mm caliber pistol and ammunition at the Desoto Square Mall, in Bradenton, Florida. He also sold the agent 10.85 grams of carfentanil. During the sale, Sanchez possessed a loaded .22 caliber revolver.
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Frank Murray.
This is another case prosecuted as a part of the Department of Justice’s “Project Safe Neighborhoods” Program - a nationwide, gun-violence reduction strategy. Acting United States Attorney W. Stephen Muldrow, along with Daryl R. McCrary, Special Agent in Charge, ATF, is coordinating the Project Safe Neighborhoods effort here in the Middle District of Florida in cooperation with federal, state, and local law enforcement officials.