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Operation Maximum Response Charges Six In Racketerring Conspiracy and Murders

On June 5, 2014, U.S. Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announced the unsealing of a twenty-eight count second superseding indictment charging six individuals with racketeering and conspiracy charges. The investigation, spanning 2007 through 2013, involved multiple offenses, including drug trafficking and the murder of nine individuals in Manatee County (Florida) and surrounding areas. Joined by federal, state, and local law enforcement partners from multiple jurisdictions, Mr. Bentley encouraged anyone with relevant information to call the confidential “TIP LINE” at 1-888-ATF-GUNS (1-888-283-4867). 


Pictured – Center: U.S. Attorney Lee Bentley; Left to right: Assistant State Attorney, Fourth Judicial Circuit Mark Caliel, Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Undersheriff Dwayne Senterfitt, Florida Department of Law Enforcement Jacksonville Regional Special Agent in Charge Dennis Bustle, Special Agent in Charge for the Southeast Field Office of the U.S. Naval Criminal Investigative Service Andrew Snowdon, Jacksonville FBI Supervisory Special Agent/Violent Crimes Squad Deborah McCarley, and Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Sheriff John Rutherford

(Pictured: standing at podium - U.S. Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III; seated behind podium – Deputy Assistant Attorney General David Bitkower; ATF Acting Special Agent in Charge Trevor Velinor; State Attorney (12th Judicial Circuit) Ed Brodsky; Manatee County Sheriff Brad Steube)

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