St. Petersburg man pleads guilty to multiple counts of distributing fentanyl and owns firearm as convicted felon | USAO-MDFL

Tampa, Fla. – U.S. Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces that William Lee Shumaker, Jr. (39, St. Petersburg) has pleaded guilty to four counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute , and one count of possession of a firearm as a convicted felon. Shumaker faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison for each controlled substance offense and up to 10 years in prison for the firearm offense. A sentencing date has not yet been set.

According to court documents, Shumaker, a convicted felon, sold amounts of fentanyl to law enforcement undercover agents on multiple occasions and in increasing amounts in March and April 2021. During the One of the fentanyl deals, Shumaker also sold a Ruger .357 Magnum revolver. and also offered to sell a .22 caliber pistol. As a previously convicted felon, Shumaker is prohibited from owning a firearm or ammunition under federal law.

This matter was investigated by the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. He is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David WA Chee.

This is another case being prosecuted under the Justice Department’s Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) program, which is a national crime reduction strategy aimed at reducing violent crime in communities. This involves a comprehensive approach to public safety – one that includes criminal investigation and prosecution, as well as prevention and rehabilitation efforts. In the Central District of Florida, U.S. Attorney Roger B. Handberg coordinates PSN efforts in cooperation with various federal, state, and local law enforcement officials.

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