St. Petersburg Drug Trafficker Found Guilty of Conspiracy
Tampa, FL - U.S. Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announces that a federal jury last week found Valarian Jaymonn Brown (41, St. Petersburg) guilty of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine, conspiracy to poessess with intent to distribute marijuana, and possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine. Brown faces a mandatory minimum sentence of life in federal prison. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for February 22, 2011.
Brown was indicted on July 5, 2011.
According to evidence presented at trial, since 2003, Brown and others were responsible for transporting kilogram amounts of cocaine and marijuana from Texas to St. Petersburg, Florida. The group would employ tractor trailer truck drivers to transport the money and drugs between the two locations. In late 2010, the group began to use various mail services, including the United States Postal Service, to mail the drugs. Brown and his organization are responsible for transporting between 150-200 kilograms of cocaine and hundreds of pounds of marijuana from Texas to St. Petersburg, Florida.
This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Adminstration and the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Shauna S. Hale.