From the Department of Justice U.S. Attorney’s Office/Middle District of Florida
Acting United States Attorney W. Stephen Muldrow announced on Thursday that Jesse B. Ingram, Jr. (34, Apopka) yesterday pleaded guilty to two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm; two counts of attempting to possess with the intent to distribute and attempting to distribute heroin; and one count of possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. He faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison for each count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and up to 20 years in federal prison for each drug distribution charge. He also faces a mandatory minimum penalty of five years, consecutive to the sentence imposed for the other charges, for possessing a firearm in furtherance of his drug trafficking crime.
According to court documents, Ingram possessed a firearm while attempting to distribute a substance that he believed was heroin. As a previously convicted felon, he is prohibited from carrying a firearm or ammunition under federal law.
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, and the Apopka Police Department. It is being prosecuted by the Assistant United States Attorney Sean P. Shecter.
This is another case prosecuted as a part of the Department of Justice’s “Project Safe Neighborhoods” Program - a nationwide, gun-violence reduction strategy. Acting United States Attorney W. Stephen Muldrow, along with Daryl R. McCrary, 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.