Lake City man pleads guilty to drug, firearms charge

Joseph Anthony Harris, 51, faces up to life in federal prison


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A Lake City man pleaded guilty Thursday to drug and firearms charges after authorities said he sold cocaine to a confidential informant.

The Department of Justice said after Joseph Anthony Harris, 51, sold cocaine to the informant a task force obtained a search warrant for his home.

As officials attempted to execute the search warrant, the DOJ said Harris fled and led them on a chase through his neighborhood as he threw a bottle containing crack cocaine from his car.

Harris eventually stopped and was arrested.

The DOJ said officers also found crack cocaine and a loaded .38-caliber handgun inside his home.

Harris faces up to 20 years in federal prison for the drug offense, followed by a minimum mandatory sentence of five years to life in federal prison for the firearm offense.

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