Five Individuals Sentenced in Methamphetamine Trafficking Ring
Orlando, Florida - U.S. Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announces that U.S. District Judge Anne C. Conway today sentenced Casey Lee White (49, Intercession City) to 10 years in federal prison for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine. White pled guilty on September 26, 2011. Kenneth Dean Fender (52, Kissimmee) pled guilty on September 30, 2011 to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, and was sentenced today to 6 years and 6 months in prison. Charles Edward Boykin (47, Orlando) pled guilty on July 27, 2011 to aiding and abetting others to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, and was sentenced today to 8 months in prison. Russell Leigh Smith (45, St. Cloud) pled guilty on September 29, 2011 to two counts of aiding and abetting others to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, and was sentenced today to 3 years in prison. Robert Wayne Lawson (41, St. Cloud) pled guilty on September 30, 2011to aiding and abetting others to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, and was sentenced today to 3 years and 4 months in prison.
According to court documents, between December 1, 2010 and April 27, 2011, an undercover agent with the Osceola County Investigative Bureau (OCIB) bought one or more ounces of methamphetamine from Casey Lee White five times, purchasing a total of approximately eleven ounces of methamphetamine. Each time, the undercover agent paid $1,600.00 per ounce of methamphetamine. Pursuant to the arrest of those involved in the transactions, agents executed a search warrant at White’s house, and found additional methamphetamine.
During each transaction, the undercover agent would meet with Kenneth Dean Fender, as well as others, in a public place to pay for the methamphetamine. Fender and others would then take the money to Casey Lee White's house, get the methamphetamine from White, and then bring the methamphetamine back to the undercover agent. Russell Smith’s role in the case involved introducing the undercover agent to Fender. Charles Boykin’s role involved driving Fender to one of the transaction with the undercover agent and accompanying Fender during the transaction. Lawson’s role involved being a lookout for Fender during one of the transactions.
This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Osceola County Investigative Bureau. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Vincent S. Chiu.