Orlando Felon Sentenced for Possession of Firearm and Impersonating a DEA Agent
ORLANDO—Senior U.S. District Judge Gregory A. Presnell today sentenced Benjamin William Mejias (43, Orlando) to 18 months in federal prison for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon and for impersonating a DEA agent. The court also ordered Mejias to forfeit a Glock .40 caliber pistol and ammunition that he possessed. Mejias pleaded guilty on February 12, 2014.
According to court documents, Mejias appeared at nightclubs in Orlando dressed in clothes that identified him as an agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Mejias wore authentic-looking DEA badges, carried a firearm, and reportedly told several people that he was a DEA agent. He also posted photos of himself on social media websites wearing DEA paraphernalia and a firearm. In September 2013, local police officers conducted a traffic stop on Mejias, and he displayed a fake DEA badge and credentials to get out of the ticket. During a later search of Mejias’s residence, agents found a loaded semi-automatic firearm.
Mejias was convicted of three separate felony burglaries in 1994, 1995, and 1996 and was therefore prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition under federal law.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Drug Enforcement Administration. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Bruce S. Ambrose.