September 15, 2014
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SEP 15 (JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) – U.S. District Judge Marcia Morales Howard sentenced Arnold Clayton (42, Sanderson) to 19 years and six months in federal prison for one count of distributing cocaine base and cocaine, and for violating his supervised release in a prior federal case. Clayton was also sentenced to a term of six years of supervision, after his release from prison. Clayton pleaded guilty on June 9, 2014.
According to court documents, on July 13, 2012, Clayton sold cocaine base and cocaine to a confidential source for $320. Clayton was sentenced as a career offender because of his two previous federal drug convictions. On July 27, 1999, Clayton was sentenced to almost five years in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute cocaine and cocaine base. On August 16, 2007, he was sentenced to over eight years in federal prison for distribution of cocaine base. Clayton was still on supervised release for the 2007 case when he distributed cocaine base and cocaine in the current case.
This investigation was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Baker County Sheriff’s Office. It was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida.