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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, January 15, 2015

Federal Jury Finds Orlando Men Guilty of Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine and Possession of Firearms

Ocala, Florida – United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that a federal jury has found Orlando residents Shawn Lamonte Robinson (42) and Corey Jamaal Woodard (37) guilty of conspiracy to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine, and aiding and abetting an attempt to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine. The jury also convicted Woodard of possessing firearms in furtherance of those drug trafficking crimes. Each faces a mandatory minimum term of 10 years, up to life, in federal prison on the cocaine conspiracy conviction. Woodard faces a mandatory consecutive 5 years, up to life, on the firearms conviction. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for May 21, 2015.

Robinson and Woodard were charged in a superseding indictment on October 15, 2014.

According to testimony and evidence presented at trial, Robinson and Woodard had a long standing relationship from at least 2008 through mid-September 2014, during which they worked together to obtain large quantities of cocaine in the Ocala and Orlando areas. During this period, they purchased and sold multi-kilogram quantities of cocaine to large-scale cocaine dealers in the Ocala area. They also distributed the drugs in the Orlando area.

On June 19, 2014, Drug Enforcement Administration agents and local law enforcement officers working with the North Florida High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force seized $69,880 in cash and three loaded firearms from Woodard as he traveled to a cocaine deal. During the execution of a series of federal search warrants in Orlando, agents subsequently seized eight additional firearms, body armor, $294,700 in cash, and jewelry.

This case is another prosecution in the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) Operation Wind Sock. It was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, with assistance from the North Florida HIDTA, which is comprised of narcotics agents from the Ocala Police Department and the Marion County Sheriff’s Office. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney A. Tysen Duva.

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Updated February 5, 2015