Mark R. Trouville, Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Miami Field Division and Gregory R. Miller, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida joined with representatives of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), and the Pensacola Police Department (PPD), to announce that Terrance Jermaine Stallworth was sentenced as an armed cocaine trafficker to serve 20 years in federal prison followed by 10 years supervised release. Stallworth received this sentence only as a result of his cooperation with law enforcement; otherwise Stallworth would have faced a mandatory term of life in prison. Stallworth was sentenced based upon four violations, the first being a conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine. The second conviction was for possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. The third conviction was for possessing a fully automatic weapon. The last conviction was for possessing a firearm while being a convicted felon.
The charges resulted from a joint federal, state and local investigation known as "Barn Burner," comprised of investigators from DEA, ATF, FDLE, and the PPD. The investigation identified an entrenched cocaine operation within Pensacola Village. Stallworth was the central leader operating within Pensacola Village. His primary source of supply was Christopher Keith Stanley, who was also convicted of federal drug charges as a result of this same investigation. Stanley's sentencing is currently set for September 2006.
Mr. Miller complimented the joint investigation as an example of cooperative law enforcement efforts that resulted in the dismantling of a significant illegal drug operation that also involved firearms. The investigation was part a national initiative to reduce gun violence known as Project Safe Neighborhoods. Mr. Miller praised the special agents of the DEA, ATF and FDLE, and the police officers of the PPD for their efforts in the case.