Tampa Man Convicted Of Federal Drug Charges
Tampa, Florida - A federal jury found James Craig Jenkins, Jr. (33, Tampa) guilty of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine last week. Jenkins faces a maximum penalty of life in federal prison. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for October 9, 2012. He was indicted on March 1, 2012.
According to testimony and evidence presented at trial, a confidential source identified Jenkins as a multi-kilogram distributor of cocaine in the Tampa area. In a series of recorded phone calls, Jenkins arranged to purchase 7 kilograms of cocaine. He negotiated paying for 2 kilograms of cocaine up front, and having 5 kilograms of cocaine "fronted" to him. The kilograms of cocaine “fronted” to Jenkins would be received on credit and later paid for after the cocaine was sold. On February 9, 2012, Jenkins and co-defendant Christopher Carlton attempted to purchase 7 kilograms of cocaine from an undercover officer, and were subsequently arrested. Following the arrests, law enforcement seized $55,960, which was the money that Jenkins was going to use to pay for the first 2 kilograms of cocaine.
Christopher Carlton (37, Wauchula) pled guilty on May 24, 2012, for his role in this case. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for August 23, 2012.
This case was investigated by Drug Enforcement Administration and the Galveston Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mark E. Bini, Matthew Jackson, and James C. Preston, Jr.