Tampa, Florida – Senior U.S. District Judge James S. Moody, Jr. has sentenced Danyel Megal Black (40, Bradenton) to 15 years in federal prison for possessing a firearm and ammunition as a convicted felon and for possessing with the intent to distribute cocaine. The court also ordered Black to forfeit the firearm and ammunition used in the offense.
A federal jury had found Black guilty on November 8, 2019.
According to testimony presented at trial, on February 19, 2019, Black was serving a term of probation from a state court sentence. His probation officer had scheduled a home compliance visit for that day.
On the day of the visit, law enforcement officers arrived at Black’s apartment. Black arrived at his residence more than half an hour late and let the officers into the apartment that he shared with his girlfriend and their two small children.
During a subsequent search, pursuant to the compliance visit, the officers recovered from Black’s nightstand nearly half an ounce of cocaine in a plastic bag with a razor, and several small baggies of individually wrapped cocaine. The officers also found a loaded 9mm magazine in the bedroom linen closet. In the kitchen, officers discovered an orange pot and scale, both with cocaine residue. They also located a stolen, loaded firearm in a dresser drawer in Black’s two-year-old son’s room. Two cellphones and $1,865 was found in Black’s car.
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Florida Department of Corrections-Sarasota Circuit Office, the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, and the Sarasota Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Charlie D. Connally and Michael Sinacore.
This is another case prosecuted as part of the Department of Justice’s “Project Safe Neighborhoods” Program (PSN) — a nationwide, crime reduction strategy aimed at decreasing violent crime in communities. It involves a comprehensive approach to public safety—one that includes investigating and prosecuting crimes, along with prevention and reentry efforts. In the Middle District of Florida, U.S. Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez coordinates PSN efforts in cooperation with various federal, state, and local law enforcement officials.