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Jacksonville Heroin Dealer Sentenced To Prison

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

Jacksonville, Florida – U.S. District Judge Timothy J. Corrigan has sentenced Cordelle Joseph (45, Republic of Trinidad and Tobago) to six years and three months in federal prison for possessing more than 100 grams of heroin with the intent to distribute it. He pleaded guilty on May 13, 2016.


According to court documents, during January 2016, a narcotics task force comprised of detectives from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and special agents from the DEA and the FBI began investigating Joseph and others, who were suspected of supplying heroin in Jacksonville. The officers intercepted and arrested Joseph after he had flown to Los Angeles and returned to Jacksonville aboard a Greyhound bus; he was transporting almost a kilogram of heroin in his luggage. After his arrest, Joseph admitted that he had traveled to California to purchase heroin and that he had been living in the United States under a false identity. Following his prison sentence, Joseph will be deported.


This case was investigated by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Frank Talbot.

Updated December 12, 2017

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