For Immediate Release
Pensacola Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison for Illegal Firearm Possession and Selling Methamphetamine
PENSACOLA, FLORIDA – Anthony J. Fountain, 23, of Pensacola, was sentenced today to 10 years in federal prison after pleading guilty on July 20 to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and two counts of distributing methamphetamine. The sentence was announced by Christopher P. Canova, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida.
In May 2017, an undercover agent purchased approximately 57.3 grams of methamphetamine from Fountain for $1,800. Several days later, the agent purchased a firearm from Fountain, a previously convicted felon, for $150. The next day, the agent purchased approximately 70.3 grams of methamphetamine from Fountain for $2,350. Upon completion of the last methamphetamine transaction, law enforcement officers approached Fountain, who fled and began to throw potential evidence into Pensacola Bay. The discarded evidence was retrieved, and Fountain was arrrested.
This case resulted from an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the Drug Enforcement Administration; the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Customs and Border Protection; the Florida Department of Law Enforcement; the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office; the Pensacola Police Department; and the State Attorney’s Office for the First Judicial Circuit. Assistant United States Attorney David L. Goldberg prosecuted the case.
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