Bradenton man sentenced for drug and firearm possession – CBS Tampa
Tampa, Florida (CW44 News At 10) – U.S. District Judge Virginia Hernandez Covington has sentenced Johnny Ordaz (32, Bradenton) to 12 years in federal prison for possession of fentanyl with intent to distribute and possess a firearm to further the crime of drug smuggling, and possession of a firearm as a convicted felon. The court also ordered Ordaz to forfeit two firearms, 121 rounds of ammunition, and $588 in cash, which can be traced back to the proceeds of crime.
A federal jury found Ordaz guilty on July 8, 2021.
According to court documents and evidence presented during the trial, in September 2019, Ordaz’s car was stopped by law enforcement officers because it failed to stop at a stop sign and because the car window shade was illegally darkened. During a traffic stop, officers discovered a firearm with an extended magazine, loaded with 31 rounds, wedged between the driver’s seat and the center console. They also seized a bag containing fentanyl from the driver’s side door handle, as well as a digital scale and small transparent plastic bags. Officers also found a bag in the passenger seat containing another firearm with an extended magazine loaded with 27 rounds of ammunition, 63 rounds of additional ammunition, another digital scale, sandwich bags, and more transparent plastic bags. They also recovered $588 from Ordaz’s front pocket.
Ordaz was previously convicted of several criminal offenses, including possession of an unregistered short gun, absconding or attempting to evade a law enforcement officer, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. As such, he is prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition under federal law.
The case was investigated by the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. He was sued by Assistant United States Attorney Charlie D. Connally.