Orlando man facing decades in prison for firearm, drug offenses

An Orlando convict who shot another man after a confrontation at a local hotel is facing up to 35 years in prison for firearm and drug offenses.

Antione Oshea Ladson, 29, has pled guilty to two counts of possession of with intent to distribute cocaine and marijuana, and two counts of possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon.

According to court records, on August 27, 2022, Ladson checked into the Bel Air Hotel located at 6119 S Orange Blossom Trail in Orlando. While Ladson was walking through an outdoor breezeway, he encountered another man walking past him. After a brief confrontation with the man, Ladson used his modified pistol to shoot the man in the neck.

Several months later, in November 2022, Ladson was apprehended at a convenience store in Orlando. Upon review of surveillance video, law enforcement noticed that Ladson had hid a fanny pack with multiple items in the store.

That fanny pack contained his wallet, Social Security card, two digital scales used for weighing narcotics, a pistol magazine, and plastic baggies containing cocaine and marijuana. Additionally, police recovered a Glock 23 pistol loaded with 14 rounds of ammunition.

As a convicted felon, Ladson is prohibited from being in possession of firearms and ammunition.

In December 2022, members of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office Gang Enforcement Unit spotted Ladson driving along Orange Blossom Trail.

After he was pulled over, a search of his vehicle turned up an XD9 firearm with 19 rounds of ammunition, an additional 12-round magazine that was fully loaded with 9mm rounds, and a drum-style magazine.

Additionally, police found 4.8 grams of crack cocaine and 61.4 grams of marijuana.

Ladson, who has multiple prior felony convictions, now 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 set for October 17, 2023.

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