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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Thursday, April 7, 2016
A. Lee Bentley, III
, United States Attorney
Contact: William Daniels

Orlando Man Sentenced to Over Thirteen Years for Firing on Police Officers

Orlando, FL – U.S. District Judge Carlos E. Mendoza today sentenced Johan O. Lopez (29, Orlando)to 13 years in federal prison for possessing with intent to distribute marijuana and discharging a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense. He pleaded guilty on January 19, 2016.

According to court documents, on May 29, 2015, officers from the Orlando Police Department executed a search warrant at Lopez’s downtown Orlando residence.  Prior to entering, the officers announced themselves and the fact they had a search warrant. As the officers entered Lopez’s apartment, Lopez fired two gunshots.  The officers found Lopez next to a handgun, which appeared to have an unused round jammed in the firing chamber.  They also found approximately one pound of marijuana in Lopez’s residence.

This case was investigated by Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Orlando Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Vincent S. Chiu.

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