Federal Jury Convicts Ocala Man, Michael Kendrick For Narcotics And Firearm Charges
Ocala, FL (STL.News) A federal jury has found Michael Kendrick (35, Ocala) guilty of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking, and possession of a firearm as a convicted felon. Kendrick faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 15 years, and up to, life in federal prison. His sentencing is scheduled for June 21, 2021.
Kendrick was originally indicted on February 5, 2020.
According to testimony and evidence presented at trial, on July 6, 2019, at approximately 1:30 a.m., an Ocala Police Department officer stopped Kendrick for committing a traffic offense. Kendrick immediately fled from the vehicle, discarding a plastic bag containing 29 individual packets of eutylone, a controlled substance. The officer gave chase and apprehended Kendrick. A search of the vehicle revealed a loaded handgun, along with paraphernalia used for distributing narcotics. Kendrick also had three cellphones and $1,844 in currency on his person. Kendrick’s DNA was also found on the recovered firearm.
As a multi-convicted felon, a career offender and armed career criminal, Kendrick is prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition under federal law.