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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Middle District of Florida

For Immediate Release

September 14, 2011

Robert E. O'Neill, United States Attorney

Contact: William Daniels, Office of Public Affairs
(813) 274-6388

28–Year–Old Felon Sentenced to More than Sixty Years for Selling Crack and Guns

Orlando, FL — U.S. Attorney Robert E. O’Neill announces that U.S. District Judge Mary S. Scriven today sentenced Antonio Deon Bizzell (28, Daytona Beach) to 65 years in federal prison for selling crack cocaine and firearms. The court also ordered Bizzell to forfeit the firearms.

On May 2, 2011, Bizzell was found guilty by a jury of all 10 counts charged in an indictment.

According to testimony and evidence presented at trial, on three different occasions, Bizzell sold a Colt Python .357 magnum, a Mossberg 12–gauge shotgun and a Jimenez, Model J.A. Nine 9 mm pistol, along with varying amounts of crack cocaine to an undercover agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). The undercover agent videotaped all three deals, which took place in Daytona Beach.

This case was investigated by ATF and the Daytona Beach Police Department as part of last summer’s Operation 819. Operation 819 targeted individuals who were dealing in firearms and narcotics within the city limits of Daytona Beach. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Tanya Davis Wilson.

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 Robert E. O’Neill, along with Virginia O’Brien, Special Agent in Charge, ATF, is coordinating the Project Safe Neighborhoods effort here in the Middle District of Florida in cooperation with federal, state, and local law enforcement officials.