For Immediate Release
Bunnell Man Sentenced to More Than Eight Years in Federal Prison for Firearms and Drug Offenses
Jacksonville, Florida – U.S. District Judge Marcia Morales Howard has sentenced Travis Demond Johnson (38, Bunnell) to eight years and nine months in federal prison for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon and for selling cocaine on two occasions. He pleaded guilty on November 9, 2017.
According to court documents, on June 9, 2017, Johnson sold crack cocaine and a firearm to a confidential informant (CI). A few weeks later, he again sold crack cocaine to the CI. During a traffic stop on August 2, 2017, Johnson was arrested by the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office for possessing crack cocaine. The following week, while on bond for his state charges related to the traffic stop, Johnson again sold crack cocaine to the CI. On August 18, 2017, Johnson sold crack cocaine and a second firearm to the CI; he also brandished a third firearm. On August 24, 2017, a search warrant executed at Johnson’s home revealed additional crack cocaine and a fourth firearm. Johnson was prohibited from possessing firearms – two of which had been reported stolen – due to his previous felony convictions for attempted second degree murder, shooting into an occupied vehicle, battery on a law enforcement officer, and possession of cocaine.
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives with assistance from the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Laura Cofer Taylor.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that has been successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. In October 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the reinvigoration of PSN and directed all U.S. Attorneys’ Offices to develop districtwide crime reduction strategies, incorporating the lessons learned since the program’s inception in 2001. In the Middle District of Florida, U.S. Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez coordinates PSN efforts in cooperation with various federal, state, and local law enforcement officials.