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Final Individual In Jacksonville Cocaine Conspiracy And Money Laundering Case Sentenced To More Than 14 Years In Federal Prison

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

Jacksonville, Florida – U.S. District Judge Timothy J. Corrigan has sentenced Larry Andrews (41, Jacksonville) to 14 years and 7 months in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine, and conspiracy to commit money laundering.  The court also entered a money judgment against Andrews for $98,000, which represents drug proceeds that he laundered through a Jacksonville nightclub.  He pleaded guilty on January 22, 2013.

According to court documents, Andrews, Isaiah Bynes, Deangelo Butler, and others participated in a cocaine trafficking conspiracy during which Bynes obtained between 3 and 15 kilograms of cocaine from sources in south Florida and transported the drugs to Andrews and Butler in Jacksonville. Andrews and Butler received the multi-kilograms of cocaine at various places, including on the east side of Jacksonville, and at a dormitory style building that Bynes owned.  Andrews and Butler maintained a room at that building to keep cocaine paraphernalia, which was used process the kilograms of cocaine.  Andrews sold the cocaine to kilogram level dealers in Jacksonville, primarily those living on the east side.  Court documents reveal that Andrews was a long time cocaine dealer on the east side, was involved in drug-related conflicts with other groups in the area, and has been shot on four separate occasions.

Andrews stopped selling cocaine in mid-2010 due to a Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office investigation. He invested $98,000 of drug money into a Gentlemen’s Club that he financed, known as the Vivid Vixen’s Nightclub.  At the end of each night, half of the cash generated at the club was delivered to Andrews. The club opened in late 2011 and has since closed.

Andrews was the final individual sentenced in a series of cases related to this conspiracy.  Previously, Bynes was sentenced to 14 years and 7 months in federal prison, and Butler was sentenced to 6 years and 3 months in federal prison.

This case was investigated by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney A. Tysen Duva.

Updated January 26, 2015