Conspirator in Methamphetamine Smuggling Ring Sentenced
Tampa, FL - U.S. Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announces that U.S. District Judge Richard A. Lazzara today sentenced Jonathan Carroll (26, Lakeland) to ten years in federal prison for knowingly and willfully conspiring with others to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine.
Carroll pled guilty on November 4, 2011.
According to court documents, Carroll was part of a drug trafficking organization that smuggled high-purity methamphetamine to Florida from California. On April 19, 2011, he facilitated the conspiracy by allowing others to bring a Lincoln Navigator carrying three pounds of methamphetamine to a property in Lakeland, Florida. The Navigator had been shipped to Florida from California on a car hauler. While a co-conspirator was attempting to remove the methamphetamine from the vehicle, Drug Enforcement Administration agents arrived, and obtained consent to search the vehicle. Agents located and seized the methamphetamine.
This case was investigated by Drug Enforcement Administration, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office, and the Polk County Sheriff’s Office as part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces investigation. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Christopher F. Murray.