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Brevard County Man Sentenced To 15 Years In Federal Prison For Drug Offense

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Florida

Orlando, Florida – U.S. District Judge Roy B. Dalton, Jr. has sentenced Anthony David Keels (61, Titusville) to 15 years in federal prison. In December 2022, Keels had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute fentanyl and methamphetamine, as well as using a minor to distribute methamphetamine.

According to evidence admitted at sentencing, Keels had an extensive criminal history involving more than 20 felony and 10 misdemeanor convictions. From March through September 2022, during undercover drug buys and pursuant to a search warrant at Keel’s home. law enforcement recovered more than 200 grams of a fentanyl analogue, approximately 190 grams of fentanyl, approximately 25 grams of methamphetamine, 3.5 grams of cocaine, and .5 grams of crack cocaine. In addition, during this conspiracy, Keels enlisted the assistance of at least three others, one of which was a 14-year-old child, to distribute methamphetamine.

Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey stated, "I applaud this partnership and the agencies involved who brought this dangerous drug dealer to justice. Through their outstanding efforts, an individual who actively participated in the distribution of a powerful drug responsible for the majority of our overdose deaths has been removed from our communities.” 

“Illicit fentanyl is the primary driver of the drug overdose and poisoning deaths currently devastating our communities. DEA remains committed to holding anyone who chooses to bring this poison into our communities accountable for their actions, particularly those who endanger children for their own profit,” said Deanne Reuter, Special Agent in Charge of the DEA Miami Field Division. “This investigation highlights our dedication and our commitment to working with our local law enforcement partners to keep our communities safe and healthy.”

This case was investigated by the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Shawn P. Napier.

Updated April 13, 2023

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