MAY 06 (TAMPA, Fla.) – Mark R. Trouville, Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Miami Field Division, and A. Lee Bentley, III, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Florida, announce today that Amber Dorius (31, St. George, Utah) pleaded guilty to conspiring with others to distribute marijuana. She faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison. A sentencing hearing has not yet been scheduled.
According to court documents, from 2011 to January 2013, Chad Sunyich arranged for quantities of marijuana to be driven and flown to the Middle District of Florida, from California and Utah, for further distribution. In 2011, Dorius worked as a courier in Sunyich’s organization. She worked with others to transport marijuana from California to Hillsborough County, Florida, by car, generally every 45 to 60 days. On many of these trips, Dorius’ associate would drive a car carrying the marijuana. Dorius would drive ahead in a separate car, acting as a lookout. Once the marijuana arrived in Hillsborough County, it was distributed.
Dorius is the seventh individual in this investigation to plead guilty. Others pleaded guilty to a
marijuana distribution conspiracy charge as follows:
This investigation was conducted by the DEA. It is being prosecuted by United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida.