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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
Friday, June 30, 2023

Jacksonville Convicted Felon Sentenced to Eight Years for Narcotics and Firearm Possession

Jacksonville, Florida – U.S. District Judge Marcia Morales Howard has sentenced Johnny Deangelo White (46, Jacksonville) to eight years and four months in federal prison for possessing with the intent to distribute fentanyl and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense. He had pleaded guilty in March 2023.

According to court documents, on April 27, 2022, officers from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office responded to a call from an individual who saw White waving a firearm outside of a grocery store. When White saw the officers, he fled into the store and threw the firearm into a shelf of potato chips. The loaded, stolen, firearm was recovered, and White was arrested. The officers found on White’s person a sunglasses case that contained fentanyl. The amount of fentanyl and the way it was packaged was indicative that White was selling fentanyl. White later admitted to selling fentanyl since the early part of 2022. White is a seven-time convicted felon and is prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition under federal law.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Jacksonville Sherriff’s Office. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John Cannizzaro. The forfeiture will be handled by Assistant United States Attorney Mai Tran.

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.

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