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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Middle District of Florida
Roger B. Handberg, United States Attorney
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Fort Myers Felon Sentenced for Selling Firearm and Drugs to Undercover ATF Agent

Fort Myers, Florida – U.S. District Judge Sheri Polster Chappell has sentenced Ronald Dale Perkins (45, Fort Myers) to four years and nine months in federal prison for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon and for distributing methamphetamine. The court also ordered Perkins to forfeit a shotgun, which was involved in the offenses. Perkins had pleaded guilty on September 7, 2022.

According to court documents, on April 5, 2022, Perkins, a nine-time convicted felon, sold a sawed-off .410 caliber shotgun gun and methamphetamine to an undercover ATF special agent.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mark Morgan.

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