Tampa man pleads guilty to conspiracy to distribute fentanyl and cocaine | USAO-MDFL

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Tampa, Fla. — U.S. Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces that Demetrius Haynes (36, Tampa) has pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to distribute fentanyl and six counts of distributing a controlled substance. Haynes faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison on each count. A sentencing date has not yet been set.

According to the plea agreement, in 2021 Haynes conspired with others to distribute cocaine and fentanyl in the Tampa Bay area. During the investigation by state and federal agents, Haynes also engaged in six secret cocaine and fentanyl sales to law enforcement.

On February 12, 2021, Haynes was arrested by ATF agents following a clandestine purchase of fentanyl and cocaine. Haynes arrived at the six narcotics transactions in the same vehicle, a Nissan Maxima. The car was searched after his arrest and found to contain drug paraphernalia. The Nissan, which was used to facilitate drug transactions, was seized by law enforcement.

After his arrest, ATF officers, along with officers from the Tampa Police Department, executed a search warrant at a residence where Haynes had been staying. During the search, officers found a container containing a thick white substance that tested positive for cocaine, a safe containing approximately $34,000, a Jimenez Arms .380 caliber pistol, currency totaling approximately $6 $850, about 30 rounds of ammo and an extended magazine. .

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Tampa Police Department. He is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Craig Gestring.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for all. . On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a Violent Crime Reduction Strategy strengthening the NSP based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community organizations that help prevent violence, establishing targeted and strategic strategies implementation priorities and measurement of results.

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