North Port man sentenced on cocaine, weapon charges


TAMPA, Fla. A 42-year-old Punta Gorda man was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison on drug and firearm possession charges, the Justice Department said Thursday.

North Port police found approximately 98 grams of cocaine and “crack” cocaine and a loaded Smith & Wesson handgun last month at the home of Exodus Jerrod Strowbridge, court documents said. Strowbridge had numerous prior drug convictions and thus was prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition under federal law.

The officers also seized drug paraphernalia, including a digital scale, metal razor blades, and clear plastic baggies consistent with packaging cocaine for sale and distribution, court documents said.

Strowbridge pleaded guilty Jan. 23.

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