For Immediate Release
Thursday, April 27, 2017
, United States Attorney
W. Stephen Muldrow
Contact: William Daniels
North Port Convicted Felon Sentenced to 10 Years for Possessing Cocaine, a Firearm, and Ammunition
Tampa Field Division
Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge Mary S. Scriven has sentenced Exodus Jerrod Strowbridge (42, North Port) to 10 years in federal prison for possessing cocaine and “crack” cocaine with the intent to distribute it, and for being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. The Court also ordered him to forfeit a Smith & Wesson handgun and 12 rounds of ammunition.
Strowbridge pleaded guilty on January 23, 2017.
According to court documents, in April 2015, law enforcement officers conducted a year-long investigation into Strowbridge’s suspected illegal drug activity. In March 2016, officers from the North Port Police Department executed a state search warrant at his residence and recovered approximately 98 grams of cocaine and “crack” cocaine, as well as a loaded Smith & Wesson handgun that Strowbridge acknowledged owning. The officers also seized drug paraphernalia, including a digital scale, metal razor blades, and clear plastic baggies consistent with packaging cocaine for sale and distribution.
Strowbridge had numerous prior drug convictions and thus was prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition under federal law.
This case was investigated by the North Port Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Lisa M. Thelwell.
This is another case prosecuted as 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. McCray, Special Agent in Charge, ATF, are 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 ATF’s Frontline Strategy on reducing violent crime in communities.