June 11, 2018
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Prolific opioid dealer sentenced to 13 years in federal prison
(TAMPA, Fla.) - Skyler Christopher Sanders (33, Bradenton) was sentenced to 13 years in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute cocaine, cocaine base, heroin, methamphetamine, carfentanil, and fentanyl. He pleaded guilty on December 21, 2017.
According to court documents, Sanders and his associates sold drugs out of a house in Bradenton that operated as an open-air drug market. These drugs included cocaine, cocaine base, heroin, methamphetamine, carfentanil, and fentanyl. Sanders and his associates sold these drugs to undercover detectives on numerous occasions.
This case is the result of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation entitled “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. The investigation was conducted by the DEA Tampa District Office and the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office. It was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida.
More information about this case can be found at http://www.flmd.uscourts.gov or https://ecf.flmd.uscourts.gov