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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Maria Chapa Lopez
, United States Attorney
Contact: William Daniels

Fort Myers Felon Sentenced to more than 11 Years in Prison on Federal Drug and Firearms Charges

Fort Myers, FL – U.S. District Judge Sheri Polster Chappell has sentenced Jo’Shwan Danquell Hamilton (26, Fort Myers) to 11 years and 6 months in federal prison for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon, distributing controlled substances, and carrying a firearm in relation to a drug trafficking crime. The court also ordered Hamilton to forfeit a firearm and ammunition.

Hamilton had pleaded guilty on April 25, 2019.

According to court records, on three separate occasions in January and February 2018, Hamilton sold an undercover agent controlled substances (heroin, crack cocaine, and fentanyl). On one of those occasions, Hamilton also sold the undercover agent a stolen, loaded handgun. At the time of the offenses, Hamilton was a previously convicted felon and, therefore, was prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition under federal law. Hamilton had been released from a state prison in Florida six months before committing these new offenses.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Fort Myers Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Simon R. Eth.

This is another case prosecuted as part of the Department of Justice’s “Project Safe Neighborhoods” Program (PSN), which is a nationwide, crime reduction strategy aimed at decreasing violent crime in communities. It involves a comprehensive approach to public safety – one that includes investigating and prosecuting crimes, along with prevention and reentry efforts. 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.

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