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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, April 19, 2018

Five Individuals Charged With Conspiring To Distribute Thousands Of Doses Of Heroin And Fentanyl In Tampa

Tampa, Florida – United States Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez announces the unsealing of an indictment charging five individuals with conspiring to distribute more than one kilogram of heroin, 400 grams of fentanyl, and 100 grams of a fentanyl analogue. If convicted, Anthony Jerome Lang (60, Tampa); Travell Kinkay Jones (40, West Palm Beach); Vanzini Nicholas Hansell (37, Tampa); Amber Miller (32, Tampa); and Carlton Reid Mallard (61, Tampa) each face a maximum penalty of life in federal prison.

According to the indictment, from at least June 2017 through February 2018, Lang, Jones, Hansell, Miller, and Mallard participated in a conspiracy to distribute heroin, fentanyl, and fentanyl analogues in the Middle District of Florida.

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

This case is the result of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task force investigation conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, with assistance from the Tampa Police Department and the Florida Highway Patrol. The principal mission of the OCDETF program is to identify, disrupt, and dismantle the most serious drug trafficking, weapons trafficking, and money laundering organizations, and those organizations primarily responsible for the nation’s illegal drug supply. The case will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Dan Baeza.

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Drug Trafficking
Opioids
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Updated April 19, 2018