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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, February 21, 2024

Immokalee Felon Pleads Guilty to Drug and Firearm Offenses

FORT MYERS, Fla. — U.S. Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces that Javier Joel Perez, 45, of Immokalee, today pleaded guilty to possessing a controlled substance with the intent to distribute, possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and possessing a firearm and ammunition as a convicted felon. Perez faces a maximum penalty of life in federal prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set. Perez has also agreed to forfeit the firearm and ammunition used to facilitate the offenses.

According to court documents, deputies from the Collier County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant on Perez’s residence and located marijuana, cocaine, and methamphetamine packaged for distribution. They also located a loaded firearm. Perez told deputies that the items located in his residence belonged to him. Perez is a nine-time convicted felon, as such he prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition under federal law.

This case was investigated by the Collier County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mark Morgan.

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 out 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 first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results. 


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