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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, February 4, 2021

Head Of Daytona Beach Drug Organization Pleads Guilty; Conspirators Face Up To Life In Prison

Orlando, Florida – Maxwell Garvice Johnson (29, Ormand Beach) today pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances. Johnson faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years, and up to life, in federal prison. His sentencing hearing is currently scheduled for March 16, 2021.

According to court documents, Johnson worked with multiple conspirators to distribute methamphetamine, heroin, fentanyl-laced heroin, and cocaine, in the Daytona Beach area, from April 3, 2020 through July 30, 2020. During the investigation, law enforcement seized over 2 kilograms of fentanyl-laced heroin, over 500 grams of cocaine, and over 140 grams of methamphetamine being distributed by members of Johnson’s organization, along with tens of thousands of dollars in drug proceeds.

Eight of nine of Johnson’s named co-conspirators have pleaded guilty to co-conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute controlled substances, such as methamphetamines, heroin, and cocaine and face the following penalties for their roles in this conspiracy:

Defendant

Pleaded Guilty

Statutory Penalties

Sentencing Date

Robert Lee Hamilton, Jr.

12/01/20

 

15 years to life

03/09/21

Jeniver Sebastian Scott, Jr.

01/13/21

10 years to life

03/16/21

Jeremy Rashan Tarrand

12/01/20

10 years to life

03/09/21

Shakia Monique Flagler

01/13/21

10 years to life

03/16/21

Sharodd Solomon Favors

12/28/20

5 years to 40 years

03/16/21

Dawnte Dequine Benjamin Davis

12/28/20

5 years to 40 years

03/16/21

Felicia Mae Riley

12/01/20

0-20 years

03/09/21

A final defendant, Gena Marie Walker, of Ormand Beach, is scheduled for trial during the March 2021 trial term. 

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with assistance from the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Daytona Beach Police Department, and the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Dana E. Hill.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
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Updated February 4, 2021