Three From St. Petersburg, Florida Indicted on Federal Drug Charges
APR 23 – (Tampa, FL) - Mark R. Trouville, Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Miami Field Division, and Robert E. O'Neill, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Florida, announced the unsealing of an indictment charging St. Petersburg residents Bontena Miles, 27, William Marquis Miles, 22 and Jervaris Kittles, 31.
Bontena Miles was charged with two counts of distribution of cocaine, two counts of distribution of 28 grams or more of cocaine base, two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and one count of possession of a machine gun not registered to him in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record. Bontena Miles faces a maximum penalty of life in federal prison. William Marquis Miles was charged with one count of distribution of 28 grams or more of cocaine base and faces a maximum penalty of 40 years in federal prison. Kittles was charged with one count of distribution of cocaine and faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison. The indictment also notifies the individuals that the United States intends to forfeit any assets which are alleged to be traceable proceeds of the offenses or used to facilitate the offenses.
According to the indictment, from September 28, 2011 to March 2, 2012, Bontena Miles sold cocaine and cocaine base on four occasions. One occasion involved the sale cocaine base along with William Marquis Miles. Another occasion involved the sale of cocaine along with Kittles.
On April 19, 2012, Bontena Miles and William Marquis Mile were arrested on these charges. Kittles still remains at large. On the same day, eight state defendants from St. Petersburg were arrested in connection to this investigation. On April 20, 2012, Bontena Miles and William Marquis Mile appeared before Judge Mark A. Pizzo for their initial hearing.
This case was investigated by the DEA, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the St. Petersburg Police Department. This was a community impact investigation in St. Petersburg, Florida.
An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed a violation of the federal criminal law, and every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.