Attorney General Pam Bondi News Release
Following the death of a 64-year old man in November 2017, FDLE and the Plant City Police Department began an investigation into Valentin for alleged drug dealing in an apartment complex. Sources observed several individuals entering and exiting the apartment within a short period of time, consistent with the sale of illegal narcotics. Investigators received the decedent’s cellular phone as part of the continuing investigation. Probable cause warranted approval for a search warrant seeking data from the cellular phone as evidence in the homicide investigation.
During the forensic analysis, several text and Facebook messages found communication between the deceased man and Valentin. The messages show the two men discussed the sale and trade of narcotics and prescription medication. FDLE concluded that the two substances found at the scene of the overdose tested positive for heroin and fentanyl. The extremely lethal substance fentanyl is often mixed with heroin, reducing the cost and increasing profits. According to the investigation, the mixture of heroin and fentanyl by the defendant has shown to be the proximate cause of death of the victim.
Valentin is charged with one count of murder in the second-degree, sale and position of heroin and fentanyl, maintaining a dwelling for drug sales and unlawful use of a two-way communication device.
FDLE led the investigation with the assistance of the Plant City Police Department. The Attorney General’s Office of Statewide Prosecution will prosecute the case.