Bradenton man facing life in prison after officers find stolen gun, drugs in his home

A Bradenton man, who had previously been convicted of a felony, is facing another stint in prison after a federal jury Friday found him guilty of illegal possession of a firearm, ammunition and cocaine.

Danyel Megal Black, 39, was serving a probation sentence when his probation officer performed a surprise home visit on Feb. 19 and found a stolen gun, multiple bags of cocaine and a loaded 9 mm magazine. Investigators say they also found nearly $2,000 in cash in Black’s car.

Black served more than a year in prison on charges of cocaine possession and resisting an officer with violence in 2013. Most recently, Black was sentenced to four years of probation for cocaine and controlled substance possession in 2017.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Tampa, Black faces a minimum sentence of 15 years and up to life in prison. A date has not been set for his sentencing hearing.

Ryan Callihan is the Bradenton Herald’s County Reporter, covering local government and politics. On the weekends, he also covers breaking news. Ryan is a graduate of USF St. Petersburg.
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