TAMPA, Fla. – Randell Love, 48, Tampa, has pleaded guilty to possession of fentanyl with the intent to distribute and possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime.
Love faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison for the fentanyl charge and a minimum mandatory term of 5 years, up to life, imprisonment consecutive to any other term of imprisonment for the firearm offense.
According to court documents, on October 5, 2021, deputies from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office pulled over a car driven by Love, a 14-time convicted felon, as it bore the license plate of a different vehicle and because Love’s driver’s license was suspended.
After stopping the vehicle, Love hid a loaded 9mm handgun with his male passenger and approximately 26 grams of fentanyl with his female passenger.
Deputies subsequently recovered the drugs and the firearm and located a drug ledger in Love’s possession. Further investigation revealed that Love had received approximately five ounces of fentanyl at a time from his suppliers and sold the drugs to approximately 25 customers per day.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.
A sentencing date has not yet been set.
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