For Immediate Release
Tampa Felon, Previously Convicted of Attempted Murder, Sentenced to 15 Years in Federal Prison for Drug and Firearms Offenses
Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge Mary S. Scriven today sentenced DeShawn Torrell Salley (40, Tampa) to 15 years in federal prison for distributing 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and possessing a firearm as a convicted felon.
Salley had pleaded guilty on February 6, 2020.
According to court documents and information presented at the sentencing hearing, between 1999 and 2004, Salley was convicted of six felony offenses, including attempted murder in the first degree. On eight occasions, between April and June 2019, Salley sold methamphetamine and heroin in Tampa. On July 31, 2019, federal agents arrested Salley and searched his apartment pursuant to a federal search warrant. The agents recovered a loaded Glock .45 caliber pistol, a bulletproof vest, heroin, and marijuana. As a previously convicted felon, Salley is prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition under federal law.
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Tampa Police Department, and the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Christopher F. Murray
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.