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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Florida

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, September 19, 2013

Central Florida Drug Traffickers Sentenced To Federal Prison Terms

Orlando, Florida - U.S. District Judge Charlene Edwards Honeywell today sentenced Maurice Evans (44, Orlando) to 11 years and 8 months in federal prison and James Marvin Lovett (43, Cocoa) to 12 years and 7 months in federal prison for conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute and to distribute more than 5 kilograms of cocaine. Evans and Lovett pleaded guilty on June 24, 2013.

According to court documents, on January 29, 2013, law enforcement agents began monitoring communications between Evans and Lovett. Agents learned of their contact with a cocaine supply source located elsewhere in Florida. After making several trips to the supply source to obtain kilograms of cocaine, on February 13, 2013, agents arrested Lovett, who had three kilograms of cocaine in his car. Shortly afterwards, agents intercepted a call from Evans and the source of supply, telling the source to drop their telephones because Lovett had been arrested. Agents eventually executed a search warrant at Lovett’s house and found a cocaine re-processing operation, including a hydraulic press, press plates, aluminum molds, packaging material, scales, cut material, mixing utensils, a microwave, and cocaine.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and Brevard County Sheriff's Office. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Vincent A. Citro.

Updated January 26, 2015