For Immediate Release
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
, United States Attorney
Maria Chapa Lopez
Contact: William Daniels
Convicted Felon Sentenced to more than 10 Years for Possessing a Firearm
Field Division: Tampa Field Division
Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge James S. Moody has sentenced Lecardo Albury (32, Tampa) to 10 years and 8 months in federal prison for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon.
According to court documents, on July 13, 2017, Albury was pulled over for a traffic violation. A search of the vehicle revealed a .40 caliber pistol loaded with 10 rounds of ammunition, two plastic baggies with 114 grams of marijuana, a glass pipe, and a small scale. Albury has 13 prior felony convictions and therefore is prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition under federal law.
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.
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Diego F. Novaes.