Drug Trafficker Sentenced to Life in Prison
Tampa, Fl - U.S. Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announces that U.S. District Judge William J. Castagna today sentenced Valarian Jaymonn Brown (39, St. Petersburg) to life in federal prison for conspiring to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine. Brown was also sentenced to 30 years on the two other charges: conspiracy to possess marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of 500 grams or more of cocaine. A term of life imprisonment was imposed because of Brown's prior felony drug convictions.
Brown was found guilty on December 9, 2011. Evidence at trial showed that, from 2003 through 2011, Brown and others transported cocaine and marijuana from Houston, Texas to St. Petersburg, Florida. In addition to transporting the cocaine and marijuana by tractor trailer, the group used the U.S. Postal Service and UPS to ship packages containing the illegal drugs. Testimony at trial revealed that the group transported more than 150 kilograms of cocaine and hundreds of pounds of marijuana from Texas to Florida.
This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Shauna S. Hale.