TAMPA -- A Sarasota man was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm and for possessing with the intent to distribute crack cocaine, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Florida.
Lonzine Adams, 58, sold drugs to a confidential informant on two occasions at his store in Sarasota, according to court documents. Law enforcement officers obtained a search warrant for "Bud's Store" and found Adams in possession of a revolver and ammunition, according to the release. Officers also found crack cocaine, which they said was intended for sale, and $12,000 in cash, which were the proceeds of Adams's drug sales.
U.S. District Judge Mary S. Scriven sentenced Adams.
In addition to his prison sentence, Adams was also ordered to forfeit the firearm and ammunition, according to a release. He pleaded guilty on July 15, 2014.
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Adams had multiple prior felonies, including at least four convictions related to the sale of cocaine, according to a release. As a convicted felon, he was 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 Sarasota Police Department, and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer L. Peresie.