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Federal Jury Finds Fentanyl Dealer Guilty Of Distribution Resulting In Death

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

Tampa, Florida – United States Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez announces that a federal jury has found Corey Damond Smith, Jr. (23, Tampa) guilty of distributing fentanyl resulting in death. Smith faces a maximum penalty of life in federal prison. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for June 6, 2019.

According to testimony and evidence presented at trial, on November 13, 2017, Smith sold what he said was “heroin” to T.M. who took the drugs to her boyfriend and, at his request, helped him to use them. Smith had actually sold T.M. fentanyl. The boyfriend died from the drugs.

This case was investigated by Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office with assistance by the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner’s Office. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Thomas N. Palermo.

Updated March 5, 2019

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