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Clearwater Drug Dealer Sentenced To Fifteen Years In Federal Prison For Distributing Fentanyl

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

Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge Mary S. Scriven has sentenced Justin Roberson (34, Clearwater) to 15 years in federal prison for possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and fentanyl. Roberson had pleaded guilty on September 20, 2022.

According to court documents, the Clearwater Police Department (CPD) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) were involved in an investigation involving the distribution of methamphetamine, cocaine, and fentanyl in Clearwater. Law enforcement received information that Roberson was distributing cocaine and methamphetamine. Undercover operations conducted by CPD and DEA resulted in the arrest of Roberson for the distribution of methamphetamine and fentanyl. Additionally, law enforcement recovered several firearms used by Roberson during his distribution of the narcotics. The firearms included rifles and semi-automatic weapons.

This case was investigated by the Clearwater Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Craig Gestring and Maria Guzman.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve, to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.  On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

Updated January 12, 2023

Project Safe Neighborhoods
Drug Trafficking
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