For Immediate Release
Convicted Felon Pleads Guilty to Federal Firearms Charges
Tampa, Florida – Acting United States Attorney W. Stephen Muldrow announces that Raymond Adams (29, St. Petersburg) has pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm and carrying a firearm during a drug trafficking offense. He faces a minimum mandatory penalty of five years, up to life, in federal prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set.
According to the plea agreement, Adams and others planned to break into a St. Petersburg residence to steal marijuana and later distribute it. Adams was armed with a 9-mm handgun during the attempted burglary and, when detected by law enforcement officers, he fled with his associates in a vehicle that later crashed. Adams then fled on foot and discarded the gun. Officers later recovered that firearm from a trash can.
At the time of the incident, Adams was a felon whose prior criminal history included a 2010 manslaughter conviction. As such, he is prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition under federal law.
This case was investigated by the St. Petersburg Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney James C. Preston, Jr.
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. It is also a part of the St. Petersburg Violent Crime Reduction Initiative.