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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Middle District of Florida

For Immediate Release

November 18, 2011

Robert E. O'Neill, United States Attorney

Contact: William Daniels, Public Affairs Officer
(813) 274-6136

Drug Dealer Sentenced to 16 Years in Federal Prison

Tampa, FL — U.S. Attorney Robert E. O’Neill announces that U.S. District Judge James Whittemore sentenced Robert Pertee (39, Tampa) to 16 years in federal prison for possession of cocaine with intent to sell or deliver and for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

According to court documents and statements made in open court, Pertee, a youth football coach, was previously convicted in federal court for possession of cocaine with the intent to sell or deliver. On February 3, 2011, Pertee arranged to purchase two kilograms of cocaine for subsequent distribution. That day, shortly after the cocaine was delivered to him at his house, law enforcement executed a search warrant. Officers recovered the two kilograms of cocaine and small amounts of crack cocaine, powder cocaine, marijuana, and drug distribution paraphernalia (including a scale and a cooking pot containing cocaine residue). Officers also recovered a Heritage Arms .40 caliber handgun, loaded with eight rounds of .40 caliber Winchester ammunition, in Pertee’s bedroom. A digital video recorder connected to Pertee’s surveillance system was recovered, along with footage of the delivery of the cocaine and the frequent traffic to and from his house.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Tampa Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Thomas N. Palermo.

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 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.