A Florida man has been charged as a convicted felon, with fentanyl trafficking while armed with a machine gun.
Mario Lenard Elbert, 33, Jacksonville, has been charged with possession with intent to distribute fentanyl, possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possession of a machine gun.
If convicted of the drug offense, Elbert faces a maximum term of 20 years in federal prison. If convicted of the firearms offenses, he faces a minimum mandatory penalty of 5 years, up to life, in federal prison for carrying a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and up to 15 years imprisonment for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon.
The indictment also requires Elbert to forfeit the firearms and ammunition traceable to the offense.
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According to the indictment, on May 11, 2022, Elbert possessed fentanyl with the intent to distribute it, during which time he had a firearm and ammunition in his possession.
On September 7, 2022, Elbert was in possession of a machine gun, as a convicted felon. As a previously convicted felon, he is prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition under federal law.
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Jacksonville Sherriff’s Office.