Fort Walton Beach man sentenced to 15 years for drug and firearm possession

From staff reports

PENSACOLA — A Fort Walton Beach man was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to drug and firearm possession charges, according to a news release from the United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Florida.

Guy Anthony Folta, 49, was arrested on outstanding arrest warrants last June by deputies from the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, the release said. Following his arrest, deputies looked inside the vehicle Folta was driving and observed the grip of a pistol.

Guy Anthony Folta

After determining that Folta was a convicted felon, deputies obtained a search warrant authorizing a search of the vehicle, where they discovered a loaded stolen Glock 9mm pistol with an obliterated serial number and 45 rounds of ammunition. Deputies also found 152 grams of methamphetamine packaged in five separate baggies, 10 grams of cocaine base, 21 grams of cocaine, 22 grams of heroin and a digital scale, according to the release.

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Folta pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine, heroin, and cocaine, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon. He was sentenced Dec. 28, according to the release.

“Drugs and a weapon in the hands of a convicted felon is a menacing and potentially deadly combination, and the United States Attorney’s Office is committed to making sure such dangerous criminals are sentenced appropriately,” U.S. Attorney Lawrence Keefe said in a statement. “Our law enforcement partners in Okaloosa County did an outstanding job in helping us bring Folta to justice.”

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Okaloosa County Sheriff Eric Aden added, “Our region should take notice of this case. This is a significant arrest and significant sentence for a man with a lengthy criminal record who was back out peddling poison to our citizens. But due to the ongoing joint efforts of our deputies and federal partners, Folta will now be off the streets for the next 15 years, making our region safer from the dangerous impacts of heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine.”

The sentencing resulted from a joint investigation by the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney J. Ryan Love.