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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Middle District of Florida
For Immediate Release
Roger B. Handberg, United States Attorney
www.justice.gov/usao-mdfl
Thursday, September 21, 2023

Port Charlotte Armed Career Criminal Pleads Guilty to Methamphetamine and Heroin Distribution Offenses and to Possessing a Firearm as a Convicted Felon

Tampa, Fla. – United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces that Michael Edward Lindsey (47, Port Charlotte) has pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm as a convicted felon and possessing a controlled substance with the intent to distribute it. Under the Armed Career Criminal Act, Lindsey faces a minimum mandatory sentence of 15 years, and up to life, in federal prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set.  

According to the plea agreement, Lindsey is a multi-time convicted felon for narcotics distribution and violent offenses dating back to 1996. On June 9, 2022, officers from the North Port Police Department (NPPD) conducted a traffic stop in the area of 12145 Tamiami Trail in North Port and found Lindsey in possession of a Smith & Wesson Bodyguard .380 caliber pistol loaded with five rounds of ammunition and approximately 1.6 grams of methamphetamine. As NPPD officers approached Lindsey’s vehicle, Lindsey consumed a large quantity of drugs by emptying the contents of a bag into his mouth. The 1.6 grams of methamphetamine were all that NPPD could recover after Lindsey had consumed the remainder. 

On November 13, 2022, NPPD officers arrested Lindsey on an active warrant. During a search incident to his arrest, the officers found Lindsey in possession of distribution quantities of methamphetamine and heroin.  

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and NPPD. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys David W.A. Chee and Samantha C. Beckman.

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 of Justice 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.

Updated September 21, 2023

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