(As originally published with additional photos, Tue, November 14th 2023, 7:35 PM EST)
ORLANDO, Fla. (TND) — A man caught selling drugs on at least two occasions has pleaded guilty to possession of fentanyl with the intent to distribute.
The charge is federal, but the case against 24-year-old O’Neil Clifton Gordon started last year with local authorities.
On March 10, 2022, Orange County sheriff’s deputies in Florida saw “what they believed to be a drug exchange between Gordon and one of his known associates.”
Gordon left and deputies with lights and sirens tried to stop him, but he eventually escaped. The next day, a felony arrest warrant was issued.
Then, on April 28, deputies saw Gordon driving in Orlando, “realized he had an active warrant, and conducted surveillance. Gordon parked outside a barbershop. While in the parking lot, OCSO observed what they believed to be a hand-to-hand drug exchange.”
This time, Gordon drove off and tried to make a run for it in his neighborhood, but he was caught with $830 in cash from his pockets.
Deputies reported finding a Glock firearm, extended magazine, and 21 rounds of ammunition inside his vehicle.
They also recovered a backpack containing narcotics, including 14.46 grams of fentanyl, a digital scale, and plastic baggies from the front passenger seat.
Then, with search warrants, they recovered additional ammunition, narcotics, and a pill press in his room; and photos of him with a firearm and conversations regarding the sale of cocaine, pills, and marijuana on his Instagram account.
According to the plea agreement, Gordon faces 20 years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set.