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March 05, 2015
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St. Petersburg Cocaine Trafficker Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison

MAR 05 (TAMPA, Fla.) – U.S. District Judge Steven D. Merryday has sentenced Octavius R. Henderson (35, St. Petersburg) to 20 years in federal prison for conspiring with others to possess with the intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine.  He pleaded guilty on December 16, 2014.

According to court documents, Henderson and others were involved in a years-long drug conspiracy that was responsible for the distribution of at least 149 kilograms of cocaine in the St. Petersburg area. During a search of a St. Petersburg residence used by Henderson and others as a “stash house” for narcotics and money, agents located digital scales, mixing agents, containers with cocaine residue, and a “kilo” press. Agents also located 850 grams of cocaine and $71,930 cash inside the stash house.
This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Tampa District Office. It was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida.  This case results from an ongoing Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation. The principal mission of the OCDETF program is to identify, disrupt and dismantle the most serious drug trafficking, weapons trafficking and money laundering organizations, and those primarily responsible for the nation’s illegal drug supply.


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