TAMPA – Three Pinellas County residents were sentenced to federal prison recently in connection with a joint federal and state investigation resulting in 28 people being arrested on state and federal violations, and the seizure of 13 firearms, cocaine, marijuana, hydrocodone and other narcotics.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark E. Bini prosecuted the federal cases arising from the investigation.
U.S. District Judge Mary S. Scriven sentenced Joseph E. Thornton, 34, of Largo to 15 years in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm Dec. 10. Thornton pleaded guilty on June 27.
According to court documents, he made a series of gun and cocaine sales to an undercover officer, including selling cocaine and a .40 caliber Hi-Point pistol and ammunition to an officer on Jan. 8. Following the purchase, law enforcement learned that the pistol had been reported stolen on Dec. 17, 2012, following a residential burglary.
On Sept. 23, U.S. District Judge Virginia M. Hernandez Covington sentenced Anthony Maurice McSwain, 28, of Clearwater to five years and 10 months in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm in connection with a gun sale to an undercover officer on Nov. 16, 2012.
On Nov. 4, 2013, U.S. District Judge James D. Whittemore sentenced Jarvis Antwan Dorsey, 22, of Clearwater to five years and 6 months in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm in connection with the sale of a gun to an undercover officer on Jan. 15.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Largo Police Department and the Clearwater Police Department investigated these cases.