For Immediate Release
Thursday, May 24, 2018
, United States Attorney
Maria Chapa Lopez
Contact: William Daniels
Felon Sentenced to More than 8 Years for Trafficking Firearms
Tampa Field Division
Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge Mary Scriven has sentenced Xavier D. Stewart (39, Temple Terrace) to eight years and four months in federal prison for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. He pleaded guilty on February 12, 2018.
According to court documents, over the course of several days in August and September 2016, Stewart sold undercover agents cocaine and several firearms, including a semi-automatic pistol and a .357 caliber rifle. He sold the firearms to the agents knowing or having reason to believe that they would be unlawfully resold.
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Frank Murray.
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.