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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Louisiana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, June 29, 2020

Delaware Man Indicted For Violating Federal Controlled Substances Act

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced that DEMETRIUS LAMONT FIORENTINO, JR., age 25, a resident of New Castle, Delaware, was indicted on June 26, 2020 by Federal Grand Jury in a one count indictment, charging him with possession with the intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine hydrochloride (cocaine). 

According to court documents, this charge stems from a consensual search of FIORENTINO’s bags by Amtrak Police as FIORENTINO was about to board an Amtrak train in New Orleans to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on June 1, 2020. During the search of FIORENTINO’s bags, law enforcement found approximately 6.5 kilograms of a white powdery substance that tested positive for the presence of cocaine hydrochloride.

FIORENTINO, if convicted, faces a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 10 years and a maximum of life imprisonment, a fine of up to $10,000,000.00, and at least five years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment. 

U.S. Attorney Strasser reiterated that the indictment is merely a charging document and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

The case was investigated by Amtrak, Louisiana State Police, and the Drug Enforcement Administration. Assistant United States Attorney Bayonle Osundare is in charge of the prosecution.

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Updated June 29, 2020