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Tampa Man Pleads Guilty to Drug Trafficking and Money Laundering Charges, Faces Mandatory Life Sentence

October 11 , 2011

Tampa, Florida - United States Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announces that Jabulani Bendar Seay (34, Tampa) today pleaded guilty to knowingly and willfully conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine, methamphetamine, and marijuana; and to conspiring to launder drug proceeds. Seay faces a mandatory term of life imprisonment on the drug charge, and a maximum term of twenty years in federal prison on the money laundering charge.

According to the plea agreement, Seay was a knowing and willing participant in a nationwide drug trafficking and money laundering organization (DTO) based in California. The DTO shipped cocaine, methamphetamine, and marijuana from California to locations throughout the United States, including the Middle District of Florida (MDFL). The drugs were shipped via Federal Express (FedEx), United Parcel Service (UPS), and the United States Postal Service (USPS). The drugs were also shipped via automobiles placed on car-haulers (the drugs would be hidden in a car, and the car itself would be shipped to the MDFL on a car-hauler).

Seay received packages of cocaine at various times in the Middle District of Florida, distributed the narcotics, and then arranged for drug proceeds to be returned to California. Seay would distribute the cocaine to lower-level drug distributors in Tampa, St, Petersburg, and elsewhere, who in turn would later provide him with drug proceeds, some of which were sent back to California via money couriers, wire transfers, and bank deposits. Co-conspirators would use narcotics proceeds deposited into various bank accounts by DTO members to purchase items such as airline tickets, rental cars, and hotel rooms for DTO members to conduct their drug trafficking and money laundering activities, which promoted and facilitated these activities.

This case is being investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations with assistance from the Drug Enforcement Administration, and other federal, state, and local agencies as part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces Investigation. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Christopher F. Murray and Josephine W. Thomas.



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