For Immediate Release
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
, United States Attorney
Maria Chapa Lopez
Contact: William Daniels
Tampa Man Caught In Undercover Sting Sentenced To 15 Years In Federal Prison
Tampa Field Division
Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge William F. Jung has sentenced Steven Weaver, II (38, Tampa) to 15 years in federal prison for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. Weaver had pleaded guilty on November 1, 2018.
According to court documents, over the course of several months, Weaver sold undercover agents cocaine, ammunition, and at least 11 firearms. Weaver had reason to believe that the firearms would be trafficked to and resold in other markets, including New York City. Weaver’s criminal history includes cocaine trafficking, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, and other firearm-related offenses.
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Frank Murray.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that has been successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. 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.