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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

For Immediate Release

April 29, 2010

A. Brian Albritton, United States Attorney

Contact: Steve Cole

(813) 274-6136

(813) 274-6300 (fax)

Jacksonville Armed Drug Dealer Sentenced to 10 Years

Jacksonville, Florida — U.S. Attorney A. Brian Albritton announces today that Jeremiah White (age 31, of Jacksonville) was sentenced on April 27, 2010, by United States District Judge Timothy J. Corrigan to 10 years in federal prison for possessing more than 5 grams of cocaine base with intent to distribute and possessing a firearm during the commission of a drug trafficking crime.

According to court documents, on November 20, 2008, Jacksonville Sheriff’s Officers arrested White while executing a search warrant at a house on Woodlawn Avenue in Jacksonville. White was found in possession of a .45 caliber handgun. Officers also seized a large amount of cocaine base, scales, and beakers from inside the house.

White pleaded guilty to the charges on December 17, 2009. He has a lengthy record that includes a prior state conviction and prison sentence for selling drugs in 2001. The case was investigated jointly by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives(ATF). It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Frank Talbot.

This is another case prosecuted as a part of the Department of Justice’s “Project Safe Neighborhoods” program – a nationwide, gun-violence reduction strategy led by ATF. United States Attorney A. Brian Albritton, along with Virginia O’Brien, Special Agent in Charge, ATF Tampa Field Division, is coordinating the Project Safe Neighborhoods effort here in the Middle District of Florida in cooperation with federal, state, and local law enforcement officials.