For Immediate Release
Thursday, February 15, 2018
, United States Attorney
Maria Chapa Lopez
Contact: William Daniels
Tampa Man Caught in Undercover Sting Sentenced to 18 Years in Federal Prison
Tampa Field Division
Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge Susan C. Bucklew has sentenced Javis D. Wilson (39, Tampa) to 18 years and 4 months in federal prison for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon.
Wilson pleaded guilty on November 8, 2017.
According to court documents, for well over one year, Wilson sold undercover agents cocaine, ammunition, and several firearms, including a Mossberg 30-06 caliber rifle, a Lorcin Engineering .25 caliber handgun, and a Taurus International .40 caliber handgun. In total, Wilson was held responsible for the sale of 9 firearms. Wilson had reason to believe that the firearms would be trafficked to and resold in the New York area.
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It is being 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 October 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the reinvigoration of PSN and directed all U.S. Attorneys’ Offices to develop districtwide crime reduction strategies, incorporating the lessons learned since the program’s inception in 2001. 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.