Clearwater Crack, BZP Trafficker Convicted of Drug, Gun Offenses
MAY 24 – (TAMPA, FL) - Mark R. Trouville, Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Miami Field Division, and Robert E. O’Neill, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Florida, announced today that a federal jury found Michael Renard Albury, Jr., 27, Clearwater, Florida, guilty of possessing with the intent to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine, possessing with the intent to distribute crack cocaine and BZP, possessing two guns in furtherance of drug trafficking activities, and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. Albury faces a maximum penalty of life in federal prison, and he is scheduled to be sentenced on August 22, 2012. Albury was charged pursuant to a superseding indictment in December 2011.
According to testimony and evidence presented at trial, on July 26, 2011, officers with the Bradenton Police Department were called to a Holiday Inn Express in Bradenton because a fully loaded .45 caliber pistol and suspected cocaine were found in a room that had been vacated by Albury. In response to that call, officers observed additional signs that drug trafficking had taken place in the room vacated by Albury. Based on that information, a search warrant was obtained for Albury’s new hotel room. In the new room, law enforcement officers located more evidence of Albury’s drug trafficking activities, including more than one-half kilogram of cocaine, 600 tablets of BZP, which is a drug likened to Ecstasy, a second firearm, and approximately $15,000 in currency.
This case was investigated by the DEA Tampa District Office and the Bradenton Police Department.