Fort Lauderdale resident sentenced to 30 Years in prison for distributing fentanyl resulting in death
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Jean Jameson 36, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida was sentenced to 30 years in prison today for distributing the fentanyl that resulted in the death of another individual. Jameson was sentenced to a total of 365 months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, after previously pleading guilty to one count of distribution of fentanyl resulting in death and two counts of distribution of fentanyl (Case No. 19cr60083). He was also ordered to pay $8,000 in restitution to the victim’s family to cover funeral expenses.
According to the court record, on Sep. 25, 2018, Jameson distributed fentanyl, a Schedule II controlled substance, to an individual who died as a result of ingesting the drug. Thereafter, on two separate occasions, Jameson distributed a controlled substance, fentanyl.
“The DEA takes the distribution of any illegal drug very seriously,” said Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent in Charge Wright. “The recent spike in opioid sales, which correlates to an increased death toll, only heightens our commitment to continue in this fight. The DEA Miami Division will continue to work very closely with our law enforcement partners in the Tri-County area along with the U.S. Attorney’s Office to fully investigate and prosecute those responsible for illicit drug trafficking activities to ensure that they are held accountable for their actions, especially when the consequences from those actions result in the tragic death of another individual.”
“Men and women in our community are losing their lives to the drug trade,” stated U.S. Attorney Fajardo Orshan. “Fentanyl, a highly potent controlled substance, is being illegally distributed with deadly results. We implore the public to educate themselves, friends and loved ones about the dangers of drug abuse and addiction. Federal law enforcement authorities will continue to prosecute those who endanger our residents by fueling the opioid epidemic.”
Fort Lauderdale Police Chief Maglione stated, “Individuals who knowingly distribute a substance that often results in death should absolutely be held accountable for the results of their actions. Hopefully these individuals will begin to think twice before taking advantage of people who are suffering from an addiction now that they realize the severity of the charges and potential penalties that can be associated with their crimes.”
In December of 2014, the DEA, the Fort Lauderdale Police Department (PD) and the Broward County Sheriff's Office formed a partnership with the Broward Medical Examiner's Office to track both synthetic drug and heroin related overdoses. From that, and as part of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces National Heroin strategy to combat heroin/fentanyl trafficking and related overdose deaths, Operation Phantom Chase emerged.
The operation, began in July 2017, is a multi-jurisdictional heroin/fentanyl initiative between the DEA, the U.S. Marshals Service, Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Fort Lauderdale PD, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, the Sunrise PD, the Hollywood PD, Coral Springs PD and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Broward County which operates as a data collection clearinghouse to analyze intelligence gathered from fatal and non-fatal heroin and fentanyl overdoses that occur in Broward County. The charges being announced today result from the diligent investigative work of this successful federal-local partnership.
This case was investigated by the DEA Miami Division, the Fort Lauderdale PD, and the Broward County Sheriff’s Office. It was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida.