Drug Enforcement Administration


Adolphus P. Wright, Special Agent in Charge

April 19, 2018

Contact: Public Information Officer

Phone Number: (571) 262-2887

Bradenton Man Sentenced For Trafficking Carfentanil

(TAMPA, Fla.) - Kevon (22, Bradenton) was sentenced to five years and three months in federal prison for possessing with the intent to distribute carfentanil and cocaine. He pleaded guilty on January 12, 2018.

According to court documents, on February 14, 2017, law enforcement officers with the Drug Enforcement (DEA)Tampa District Office and the Manatee County Sheriff’s (SO) were searching for a fugitive when they observed the fugitive riding in the backseat of a car Melendez was driving. As the officers approached the vehicle, they smelled the odor of marijuana coming from inside the car. The officers observed Melendez with a scale between his legs. As an officer was removing Melendez from the car, he observed Melendez drop a plastic bag containing several substances. Those substances later tested positive for (27.99 grams) and (approximately 11 grams). Melendez also had $580 on his person.

This case was investigated by the DEA Tampa District Office and the Manatee County SO, and was  prosecuted by United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida.   

This case is the result of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task (OCDETF) investigation dubbed “Hot Batch.” The principal mission of the OCDETF program is to identify, disrupt, and dismantle the most serious drug trafficking and money laundering organizations and those primarily responsible for the nation’s drug supply.

More information about this case can be found at http://www.flmd.uscourts.gov or https://ecf.flmd.uscourts.gov

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