'Multi-convicted felon' who swallowed drugs at a traffic stop sentenced to federal prison

‘Multi-convicted felon’ who swallowed drugs at a traffic stop sentenced to federal prison

(As originally published with additional photos, Tue, December 5th 2023, 8:54 PM EST)

TAMPA, Fla. (TND) — A career criminal with “multiple narcotics distribution and violent offenses dating back to 1996” is going to federal prison for a long time.

Michael Edward Lindsey, 47, pleaded guilty in September to possessing a firearm as a convicted felon and possessing a controlled substance with the intent to distribute it.

On June 9, 2022, North Port police in Florida conducted a traffic stop and

“found Lindsey in possession of approximately 1.6 grams of methamphetamine and a loaded Smith & Wesson Bodyguard .380 caliber pistol, loaded with five rounds of ammunition.

“As the officers approached Lindsey’s vehicle, Lindsey consumed a large quantity of drugs by emptying the contents of the bag into his mouth.”

Then, “Officers recovered 1.6 grams of methamphetamine after Lindsey had consumed the remainder of the drugs.”

On Nov. 13, 2022, Lindsey was arrested on an active warrant and found with “distribution quantities of methamphetamine and heroin.”

'Multi-convicted felon' who swallowed drugs at a traffic stop sentenced to federal prison
Michael Edward Lindsey was booked several times in Florida, including (from left) March 16, 2012; and Oct. 13 and Oct. 18, 2016. (Charlotte Co. Sheriff’s Office)

Tuesday, he was sentenced under the Armed Career Criminal Act which requires a minimum of 15 years in prison. The judge gave him eight additional months.

Among Lindsey’s other crimes, he served two-and-a-half years in state prison for giving false ID to law enforcement, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, cocaine possession, possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to appear, and four out-of-county warrants.

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