Cocaine Trafficker Found Guilty
Tampa, Florida - U.S. Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announces that yesterday a federal jury found Rodrick Marquis Salter (Bradenton, 34) guilty of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine. Salter faces a maximum penalty of life in federal prison. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for February 21, 2013.
Salter was indicted on July 26, 2012.
According to testimony and evidence presented at trial, on June 25, 2012, Salter agreed to meet with a confidential informant (“CI”) for the purposes of buying a half-kilogram of cocaine. During a meeting on the following day, Salter met the CI in a Walmart parking lot, in Bradenton, and agreed to pay $15,500 for the cocaine. Later that same day, Salter returned to the Walmart parking lot to make the exchange. He handed the CI approximately $12,000, and was subsequently arrested.
This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Manatee County Sheriff's Office, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Matthew T. Jackson.