Orlando, FL – United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces that Antione Oshea Ladson (29, Orlando) has pleaded guilty to two counts of possession with the intent to distribute cocaine and marijuana and two counts of possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon. Ladson faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison for the drug offenses, and up to 15 years for the firearm and ammunition offenses. His sentencing hearing has been scheduled for October 17, 2023.
According to the plea agreement, on August 27, 2022, Ladson had checked into the Bel Air Hotel in Orlando. While walking through an outdoor breezeway, Ladson encountered another man walking past him. After a brief confrontation with the man, Ladson lifted his modified pistol and shot the man in the neck.
On November 16, 2022, Ladson was apprehended at a convenience store in Orlando. Upon review of surveillance videos, law enforcement noticed that Ladson continuously lifted a bottom-level grocery shelf, retrieved items from under the shelf, and lowered the shelf back down. Underneath the bottom shelf, law enforcement officers found a fanny pack that contained Ladson’s wallet and Social Security card, two digital scales used for weighing narcotics, a pistol magazine, and plastic baggies containing cocaine and marijuana. Under Ladson’s fanny pack was a Glock 23 pistol loaded with 14 rounds of ammunition.
On December 27, 2022, members of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office Gang Enforcement Unit noticed Ladson driving on Orange Blossom Trail and subsequently pulled him over. A search of Ladson’s car revealed an XD9 firearm with 19 rounds of ammunition, an additional 12-round magazine fully loaded with 9mm rounds, a drum-style magazine, 4.8 grams of crack cocaine, and 61.4 grams of marijuana. Ladson has multiple prior felony convictions and is therefore prohibited under federal law from possessing both firearms and ammunition.
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office Gang Enforcement Unit. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David Pardo.
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.