APR 28 (ORLANDO, Fla.) –Mark R. Trouville, Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Miami Field Division, and A. Lee Bentley, III, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Florida, announced today that Senior U.S. District Judge Gregory A. Presnell sentenced Benjamin William Mejias (43, Orlando) to 18 months in federal prison for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon and for impersonating a DEA agent. The court also ordered Mejias to forfeit a Glock .40 caliber pistol and ammunition that he possessed. Mejias pleaded guilty on February 12, 2014.
According to court documents, Mejias appeared at nightclubs in Orlando dressed in clothes that identified him as an agent with the DEA. Mejias wore authentic-looking DEA badges, carried a firearm and reportedly told several people that he was a DEA agent. He also posted photos of himself on social media websites wearing DEA paraphernalia, and a firearm. In September 2013, local police officers conducted a traffic stop on Mejias and he displayed a fake DEA badge and credentials to get out of the ticket. During a later search of Mejias’s residence, agents found a loaded semi-automatic firearm.
Mejias was convicted of three separate felony burglaries in 1994, 1995, and 1996, and was therefore prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition under federal law.This investigation was conducted by the DEA and Federal Bureau of Investigation. It was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida.