The DeFuniak Springs Police would like to announce the conviction and sentencing of Alan Fraiser Cox in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida. Cox was the suspect in a local firearms investigation that involved the DeFuniak Springs Police, Department of Corrections – Probation and Parole, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the United States Attorney’s Office – Northern District of Florida (Pensacola).
On April 8th 2010, an informant provided information to the State Department of Corrections regarding Cox and his possible purchase of a firearm. This information was immediately passed to investigators with the DeFuniak Springs Police, Criminal Investigations Division. The information provided to law enforcement, lead to a criminal investigation involving Alan Fraiser Cox and once Cox was located in DeFuniak Springs during a traffic stop on Highway 90 West, he was found to be in possession of a Browning .270 rifle and a loaded magazine, with both live and spent rounds.
Cox, a convicted felon on previous weapons charges, had just been released from a Florida State Correctional Institution earlier that morning and was on the way to a local State Probation Office for reporting. Investigation determined that the weapon and ammo had just been purchased upon his (Cox’s) release from Prison that same morning.
Cox was arrested on- scene by the DeFuniak Springs Police and Department of Corrections. At the time of his arrest, Cox had already been convicted by the State of Florida for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs (3rd Violation in 10 years, Possession of Firearm by a Convicted Felon and Culpable Negligence (Firearm within access of a Minor Resulting in Death).
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives partnered with the DeFuniak Springs Police and on July 21st 2010, Alan Fraiser Cox was indicted by a Federal Grand Jury. On November 9th 2010, Cox was sentenced to 57 months, supervised release of 3 years and various fines.
“Due to the strong partnerships that exist between the DeFuniak Springs Police, Department of Corrections – Probation / Parole, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the U.S. Attorney’s Office – Northern District of Florida, a dangerous felon and his firearm were removed from the streets” said Chief Mark A. Weeks.