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Middle District of Florida

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, September 30, 2016

Former NFL Player Sentenced To 15 Years In Federal Prison

Jacksonville, Florida – U.S. District Judge Timothy J. Corrigan has sentenced Donald Broomfield (40, Jacksonville) to 15 years in federal prison for his involvement in a conspiracy to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine that spanned 4 years. A federal jury found him guilty on October 6, 2015.     

According to court documents, Broomfield began obtaining kilograms of cocaine from a source of supply in Texas in 2010. He then distributed the drugs to individuals in Jacksonville and Orlando.  Broomfield, and others at his direction, used various vehicles equipped with hidden compartments to transport the cocaine.  As part of an on-going investigation, on August 8, 2014, Broomfield was stopped by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office (JSO) while driving his Chrysler 300.  A drug detecting canine alerted on the vehicle and a subsequent search revealed 1.6 kilograms of cocaine in a hidden compartment. The same day, JSO officers searched a residence in Jacksonville where Broomfield had been storing cocaine for several years. They seized empty kilogram wrappers, a cocaine press, digital scales, and drug packaging materials.  Testimony at trial established that Broomfield was a leader of the conspiracy and was responsible for the distribution of 50 – 150 kilograms of cocaine. This was his first felony conviction.

Broomfield was drafted in 1999 by the Cincinnati Bengals and, in 2000, he signed with the Arizona Cardinals. During the summer of 2001, he participated in the Jacksonville Jaguars training camp.

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

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Drug Trafficking
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Updated September 30, 2016