News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 18, 2010
Contact: Special Agent David Melenkevitz
Number: 954-660-4602

Five South Florida Men Charged in Connection with Broward/Miami-Dade
Drug Trafficking Ring

NOV 18 -- MIAMI - Mark R. Trouville, Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Miami Field Division, Wifredo Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and Al Lamberti, Sheriff, Broward County Sheriff’s Office, announce the federal indictment of five individuals on narcotics trafficking and related charges.  More specifically, defendants  Steven Powell, 38, William Lanier, 38, Varon Arnold, 34, all of Hollywood, Florida, and Andre Lindo, 33, and Omar Fletcher, 30, both of Miami, were charged in separate indictments with distribution of between one and three ounces of crack cocaine.  In addition, Fletcher was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm in connection with his alleged sale of an AK47 rifle.  Pre-trial detention hearings are scheduled for Friday, November 19, and Monday, November 22, 2010. 

The indictments announced today are the result of a joint DEA, BSO, Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms, and Explosives and the Margate Police Department investigation that successfully infiltrated a drug trafficking organization operating in Broward and Miami-Dade Counties.  During the investigation, undercover agents successfully purchased crack cocaine and guns from members of the drug organization.  To date, this operation has led to the arrests of more than 40 individuals on state and local drug trafficking and firearms charges.  The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms and the Margate Police Department

If convicted, each defendant faces a maximum statutory sentence of 40 years’ imprisonment. 

An indictment is merely an allegation, and every defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

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