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July 29, 2014
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Ocala Man Convicted for Attempting to Purchase More Than 5 Kilograms of Cocaine

JUL 29 (ORLANDO, Fla.) – Mark R. Trouville, Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Miami Field Division, and A. Lee Bentley, III, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Florida, announced that a federal jury has found Anthony Vikey Omar Price (29, Ocala) guilty of aiding and abetting an attempt to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine. The jury verdict was returned on July 23, 2014.  Price faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years, up to life in federal prison.  His sentencing hearing is scheduled for October 23, 2014.  Price and his co-defendant, Delvon Williams, were arrested on a criminal complaint on March 19, 2014.  Both were indicted on March 26, 2014.  Williams pleaded guilty for his role in this case on May 22, 2014.

According to evidence presented at trial, On March 19, 2014, Williams negotiated a 10 kilogram cocaine purchase with a confidential source (CS) and agreed to meet later that day.  After negotiating with the CS, Williams exchanged text messages and met with Price prior to meeting with the CS.  Later when Williams and Price met with the CS, the CS made arrangements to introduce Williams to a cocaine supplier.  Williams and Price agreed that Price would pay for 3 kilograms of cocaine at $34,000 per kilogram, and that Williams would provide another 2 kilograms of cocaine to Price on consignment.  Williams, in turn, negotiated with the CS, that Williams would pay for 4 kilograms of cocaine and receive 6 kilograms of cocaine on consignment.  After the meeting, Price followed Williams and the CS to a warehouse in Ocala.  At the warehouse, Price remained in his vehicle, while Williams and the CS met with the cocaine supplier, who was a DEA agent working in an undercover capacity.  During the meeting, Williams provided two bags of money to the undercover agent containing $33,000 and $101,985 to purchase the cocaine.  Shortly thereafter, both Williams and Price were arrested.  When agents arrested Price, Price made conflicting statements concerning his knowledge of the drug transaction.  At first, Price denied knowledge of the drug deal.  Later, Price stated that he knew Williams was a cocaine dealer, but that he merely provided Williams $2,000 as a loan.

This investigation was conducted by the DEA. It is being prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida

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