News Release
Date: March 27, 2012
Contact: Mia Ro, PIO
Number: 954-660-4602

DEA Investigation Results in Life Sentence for Major Drug Trafficker

March 27 (Tampa, FL) – Mark R. Trouville, Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration, Miami Field Division, and U.S. Attorney Robert E. O'Neill, announced that U.S. District Judge William J. Castagna sentenced Valarian Jaymonn Brown, 39, of St. Petersburg, Florida to life in federal prison for conspiring to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine. Brown was also sentenced to 30 years on two other charges: conspiracy to possess marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of 500 grams or more of cocaine. A term of life imprisonment was imposed based on Brown's prior felony drug convictions.

On December 9, 2011, Brown was found guilty by a trial jury. Evidence at trial showed that, from 2003 through 2011, Brown and others transported cocaine and marijuana from Houston, Texas to St. Petersburg, Florida. The Brown Drug Trafficking Organization utilized tractor trailers, the U.S. Postal Service, and the United Parcel Services to transport and ship packages containing the illegal drugs. Testimony at trial revealed that this organization transported more than 150 kilograms of cocaine and hundreds of pounds of marijuana from Texas to Florida.

This case was investigated by the DEA, Tampa District Office.