Man sentenced on drug, gun charges


NASSAU COUNTY, Fla. – A 22-year-old Nassau County man was sentenced Thursday to five years in federal prison for distributing cocaine and possessing a firearm as a convicted felon.

Shavon Tavin Anderson pleaded guilty on April 15.

According to court documents, on Feb. 6, 2015, Anderson met with an undercover (UC) Nassau County Sheriff's Office detective. The UC was part of a DEA Drug Task Force operation. During the meeting, Anderson sold the UC cocaine and marijuana. During a follow-up meeting the next week, Anderson again sold cocaine to the UC.

On March 5, 2015, Anderson met with the UC for a prearranged drug sale. Anderson was supposed to provide the UC with half a kilogram of powder cocaine in exchange for $24,000. At the meeting, Anderson provided the UC with a smaller amount of powder than had been discussed, but the UC agreed to purchase it anyway.  The powder was later determined to be fake cocaine.

When agents moved to arrest Anderson, he exited the UC's vehicle and began running. As he fled, agents observed that Anderson had his hand on a firearm that was tucked in his waistband. Anderson was apprehended and the loaded firearm was recovered. At the time of his arrest, Anderson had multiple prior felony convictions and was prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition under federal law.

This case was investigated by the Nassau County Sheriff's Office and the DEA Drug Task Force. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kevin C. Frein.