Tampa, FL – U.S. District Judge Charlene Honeywell has sentenced Dartis Cobb (35, St. Petersburg) to four years and three months in federal prison for possessing ammunition as a convicted felon. Cobb had pleaded guilty on March 9, 2023.
According to court documents, on August 13, 2022, deputies with the Pinellas County Sherriff’s Office attempted to pull over a vehicle being driven by Cobb. Cobb refused to stop the car and fled from the deputies, leading them on a chase through a neighborhood. Eventually, deputies were able to stop the vehicle on a residential street. They then placed Cobb under arrest for felony fleeing and recovered one round of 9 mm ammunition from Cobb’s front pants pocket.
Deputies also located a bag in the passenger seat. The bag was open, and deputies could see the magazine well of a firearm sticking out of the bag. They could also see the magazine was inside the well. Deputies took the weapon and the magazine containing 12 rounds of 9mm ammunition into evidence. They deputies also concluded that the firearm appeared to be a “ghost gun” with no identifiable or traceable components. This was later confirmed by agents with ATF.
Cobb has previously been convicted of two felonies including robbery and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He is therefore prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition under federal law.
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Samantha Newman. Assistant United States Attorney Suzanne Nebesky is handling the forfeiture.
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.