Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Kovachevich has sentenced Jamarian Oliver (29, Tampa) to 15 years in federal prison for selling crack cocaine and possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. He pleaded guilty on August 5, 2016.
According to court documents, in October 2015, detectives from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) began investigating Oliver. On two separate occasions in October and November 2015, Oliver sold crack cocaine to a HCSO undercover detective (UC). In December 2015, Oliver again met with the UC and sold him a .22 caliber firearm.
At the time of the offenses, Oliver had multiple prior felony convictions, including possession of cannabis, fleeing to elude, and delivery of a controlled substance, and was therefore 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 Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Shauna S. Hale.
This is another case prosecuted as a part of the Department of Justice’s “Project Safe Neighborhoods” Program - a nationwide, gun-violence reduction strategy. United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III, 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. It is also a part of ATF’s Frontline strategy to reduce violent crime in communities.