For Immediate Release
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
, United States Attorney
W. Stephen Muldrow
Contact: William Daniels
Jury Convicts Port Orange Man for Firearms and Drug Offenses
Field Division: Tampa Field Division
Orlando, Florida – Acting United States Attorney W. Stephen Muldrow announces that a federal jury today found Michael Anthony Conage (32, Port Orange) guilty of possessing hydromorphone with the intent to distribute it and possessing firearms and ammunition as a convicted felon. Due to his extensive criminal history, he faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years, up to life, in federal prison pursuant to the Armed Career Criminal Act. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for July 19, 2017. Conage was indicted on January 25, 2017.
According to evidence presented at trial, over multiple days in August and September 2016, officers with the Port Orange Police Department observed Conage dealing drugs from an apartment. During the execution of a search warrant at the apartment, the officers located several different types of controlled substances, including a large amount of hydromorphone. They also recovered a stolen Glock handgun with an extended, loaded magazine and a loaded .380-caliber handgun. As a previously convicted felon, Conage is prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition under federal law.
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Port Orange Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Embry J. Kidd.
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 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.