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Life Sentence For Drug Conspiracy

May 20, 2011

PENSACOLA, FLORIDA – Leroy Lymons, 34, of Pensacola, Florida, was sentenced to life in prison on June 12, 2012, by Senior United States District Judge Lacey A. Collier, for his conviction on federal drug conspiracy charges.  Lymons was convicted for his role in a multi-year investigation that also resulted in the convictions of Trenton Copeland, Courtney Killette, Terrance Watson, Senica Herbert, Winerford Louis Virgin, II, Cecil Watson, Samuel Johnson, Jarvis Johnson, and Billy Ray Roberson, all of Florida, and Ronald Bernard Woods and Michael Freeman of Houston, Texas, among others.  The sentence was announced by Pamela C. Marsh, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida.

At the conclusion of a federal jury trial, the jury found Leroy Lymons guilty of participating in a conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute in excess of five (5) kilograms of cocaine in the Northern District of Florida and elsewhere. The testimony at trial established that Lymons was a supervisory-level conspirator in a multi-state drug operation and responsible, along with his coconspirators, for distributing approximately eighty (80) kilograms of cocaine between January 1, 2010, and April 21, 2010.  The wholesale value of the cocaine was estimated to be in excess of two million dollars.  The organization was identified and systematically dismantled by a federal task force comprised of federal, state and local officers.  The investigation has resulted in multiple federal and state arrests and indictments in Florida and elsewhere, the seizure of additional kilograms of cocaine and thousands of dollars in illegal drug proceeds, and the seizure of vehicles and other assets connected with this conspiracy. 

The case was investigated by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration in Pensacola, with the assistance of the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation Division, the Pensacola Police Department, and the Escambia County Sheriff’s Department.  United States Attorney Marsh praised the outstanding work of the federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies in this case.  United States Attorney Marsh stated, “Combatting drug trafficking in our community requires excellent cooperative work of numerous law enforcement agencies.  Without the seamless collaboration of the officers and agents involved, this drug trafficking network would not have been taken down and prosecuted so successfully.”

Assistant United States Attorney Thomas P. Swaim prosecuted the case for the government.



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