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Valentine Bloods Leader Sentenced

October 21 , 2011

Tampa, Florida - U.S. Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announces that U.S. District Judge Susan Bucklew yesterday sentenced David Martin Santiago (30, Pasco County) to 14 years in federal prison for possession with intent to distribute cocaine base, distribution of cocaine base, being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition, and possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime. The court ordered that this sentence is to be served consecutively to a ten-year sentence Santiago recently received in Pasco County for several felonies. Santiago pled guilty on May 5, 2011.

According to court documents, Santiago sold guns and drugs to a confidential informant during a lengthy investigation into the Pasco County sect of the Valentine Bloods street gang by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Walter E. Furr, III.

This is another case prosecuted as a part of the Department of Justice’s “Project Safe Neighborhoods” program - a nationwide, gun-violence reduction strategy led by ATF. United States Attorney Robert E. O’Neill, along with Virginia O’Brien, Special Agent in Charge, ATF Tampa Field Division, is coordinating the Project Safe Neighborhoods effort here in the Middle District of Florida in cooperation with federal, state, and local law enforcement officials.


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