|November 19, 2013
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.–Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Office of Statewide Prosecution announced that a Seminole County man was sentenced to 20 years in prison for his role in a drug trafficking operation that was responsible for distributing cocaine throughout Central Florida. Demonte Rashaud Brown pled guilty in March of this year to conspiring to traffic in cocaine and was prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Office of Statewide Prosecution. In addition to the lengthy prison sentence received, Brown was ordered to pay a $250,000 fine.
“Our state is safer because we have put this cocaine dealer behind bars for a long time,” stated Attorney General Pam Bondi. “I commend the Volusia Bureau of Investigation on their investigative work on this case, and Assistant Statewide Prosecutor David Gillespie in my Office of Statewide Prosecution for this successful prosecution.”
Brown, 26, was arrested in February 2013 after an investigation by the Volusia Bureau of Investigation, which is comprised of various local, state and federal agencies that target mid- to upper-level drug trafficking organizations operating in Central Florida. The investigation revealed that Brown received multiple kilograms of cocaine from an organization in Volusia County which he later repackaged and distributed to cocaine dealers throughout Central Florida.
The Office of Statewide Prosecution charged Brown with conspiring to traffic in cocaine, four hundred grams or more. He was sentenced in DeLand on Monday by the Honorable Margaret W. Hudson, Circuit Judge for the Seventh Judicial Circuit of Florida.