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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Florida

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Eleven Members Of Lakeland Drug Trafficking Organization Charged With Causing Four Overdose Deaths, An Overdose Resulting In Serious Bodily Injury, And Associated Heroin And Fentanyl Trafficking

Tampa, FL – United States Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez announces the unsealing of a 10-count superseding indictment charging 11 individuals with conspiracy to distribute more than one kilogram of heroin, 400 grams of fentanyl, and 100 grams of a fentanyl analogue, the distribution of which resulted in four deaths and serious bodily injury to a victim. Hasan Pearson, a/k/a “Julio,” a/k/a “Hoov” (35, Lakeland); Salik Stevens, a/k/a “Carlito,” a/k/a “Dough” (35, Lakeland); William Jones, a/k/a “Book” (38, Mulberry); Dominic Matthews, a/k/a “Gargamel” (30, Lakeland); Ladarius Oglesby, a/k/a “Hitta” (23, Lakeland); Naboris Lampkin, a/k/a “Beezy” (32, Lakeland); Jeminine Poe (37, Lakeland); Prince Grant (36, Lakeland); Justin Lee Martin (33, Lakeland); John Evit Brown (51, Lakeland); and Dalyshia Dexter (27, Lakeland) each face a maximum penalty of life in federal prison.

According to the indictment, from at least March 2016 through August 30, 2017, these 11 individuals were part of a conspiracy to distribute heroin, fentanyl, and fentanyl analogues in the Middle District of Florida. During the conspiracy, the distribution of these substances resulted in four deaths and serious bodily injury to another individual.

An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed one or more violations of federal criminal law, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.        

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, the Lakeland Police Department, the Pasco Sheriff’s Office, the Hardee County Sheriff’s Office, and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Dan Baeza.

Drug Trafficking
Updated March 1, 2018