Three St. Petersburg Men Indicted on Federal Drug Charges
Tampa, Florida - United States Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announces today the unsealing of an indictment charging St. Petersburg residents Bontena Miles (27), William Marquis Miles (22), and Jervaris Kittles (31). Bontena Miles is charged with two counts of distribution of cocaine, two counts of distribution of 28 grams or more of cocaine base, two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and one count of possession of a machine gun not registered to him in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record. He faces a maximum penalty of life in federal prison. William Marquis Miles is charged with one count of distribution of 28 grams or more of cocaine base and faces a maximum penalty of 40 years in federal prison. Kittles is charged with one count of distribution of cocaine and faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison. The indictment also notifies the individuals that the United States intends to forfeit any assets which are alleged to be traceable proceeds of the offenses or used to facilitate the offenses.
According to the indictment, from September 28, 2011 to March 2, 2012, Bontena Miles sold cocaine and cocaine base on four occasions. One occasion involved the sale cocaine base along with William Marquis Miles. Another occasion involved the sale of cocaine along with Kittles.
An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed a violation of the federal criminal laws, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the St. Petersburg Police Department. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mark E. Bini.