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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, October 21, 2021

Fentanyl Dealer Found Guilty

Orlando, FL – A federal jury today found Davel Theodore Spady (35, Palm Bay) guilty of three counts of distribution of fentanyl and one count of possession with the intent to distribute 40 grams or more of fentanyl. For each of the distribution counts, Spady faces up to 20 years in federal prison. He faces a minimum mandatory of 5 years, and up to 40 years’ imprisonment, for the possession with the intent to distribute offense.

Spady had been indicted on May 5, 2021. 

According to evidence presented at trial, between February 18 and March 19, 2021, Spady sold fentanyl to a confidential source (CS) on three occasions from inside his vehicle in a parking lot. During one of the controlled purchases, Spady provided the fentanyl to the CS concealed inside a box of rice.

On April 14, 2021, the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) conducted a traffic stop of Spady’s vehicle as he was on his way to deliver 2 ounces of fentanyl to the CS. Later, during a search of Spady’s vehicle, FHP located a box of rice in the trunk with fentanyl concealed inside, similar to that provided during the previous controlled purchase.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the West Melbourne Police Department, and the Florida Highway Patrol. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Beatriz Gonzalez and Ranganath Manthripragada.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Opioids
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Updated October 21, 2021