Media release: A violent Rome-area drug dealer has been sentenced for possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
On Jan. 20, Aubrey Floyd, 45, of Rome was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Michael L. Brown to nine years in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release. Floyd was convicted of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon after he pleaded guilty on Oct. 5, 2021.
“Floyd’s repeated felony and misdemeanor state convictions show his complete disregard for the law,” said U.S. Attorney Kurt R. Erskine. “This conviction and sentence demonstrate the importance of the Rome Violent Repeat Offender initiative and should serve as a warning that this office will pursue those who put the community at risk by unlawfully using and possessing firearms.”
“Project Safe Neighborhoods has a proven track record of removing violent repeat offenders from the streets of our community,” said ATF Assistant Special Agent in Charge Beau Kolodka. “This conviction and sentence of nearly a decade in federal prison sends a strong message to Floyd and other violent repeat offenders that their continued possession and usage of firearms will not be tolerated.”
According to Erskine, the charges, and other information presented in court: In January 2020, Floyd sold methamphetamine to an ATF confidential informant at a motel that was notorious for drug-trafficking in Rome, Georgia. Following the drug sale, Floyd sold the same informant a pistol he had brought to the deal. The serial number on the pistol had been removed.
Prior to the drug and gun sales that led to his federal criminal charges, Floyd had amassed nearly two dozen felony and misdemeanor convictions in the state system. Although some of those charges involved guns and drugs, many concerned shocking acts of violence against at least eight different women who Floyd admittedly choked, struck, or restrained against their will.
This case was investigated by Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives with assistance from the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) Rome Post of Duty, Floyd County Police Department, and Rome Police Department.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN). In keeping with the Attorney General’s mission to reduce violent crime, the Northern District of Georgia’s PSN program focuses on prosecuting those individuals who most significantly drive violence in our communities, and supports and fosters partnerships between law enforcement and schools, the faith community, and local community leaders to prevent and deter future criminal conduct.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Theodore S. Hertzberg and Bryan Henderson prosecuted the case.