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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Middle District of Florida

For Immediate Release

Friday, June 23, 2023
Roger B. Handberg
, United States Attorney

Collier County Career Offender Sentenced to 40 Years in Prison for Firearm and Drug Offenses

Fort Myers, Florida – U.S. District Judge Thomas P. Barber today sentenced Alex Winters (44, Collier County) to 40 years in federal prison for possessing a firearm and ammunition as a convicted felon, possessing controlled substances with intent to distribute, and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. The Court also ordered Winters to forfeit the firearm and ammunition he illegally possessed. Winters was found guilty at trial on March 9, 2022.

According to testimony presented at trial, on May 7, 2020, deputies with the Collier County Sheriff’s Office stopped a car for a traffic violation. After a deputy noted the smell of marijuana, the car was searched. Beneath Winters’s seat, deputies found a loaded 9mm pistol and fanny pack with distribution amounts of crack cocaine, powder cocaine, and eutylone. Also, inside the fanny pack, deputies found a digital scale, baggies, a drug ledger, and 9mm ammunition. Winters’s DNA was later analyzed and compared to DNA swabs taken from the firearm and he was determined to be a possible contributor.

As a previously convicted felon, Winters is prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition under federal law.

This case was investigated by the Collier County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Trent Reichling and Mark Morgan.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

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