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Jury Convicts Mims Man Of Drug Trafficking And Firearm Offenses

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

Orlando, Florida – United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that a federal jury has found Benjamin Jenkins (36, Mims) guilty of distributing and possessing cocaine with the intent to distribute it, possessing a firearm in furtherance of that drug-trafficking crime, and using a telephone in committing the drug offense. He faces a minimum mandatory penalty of 5 years, up to life, in federal prison. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for May 15, 2017. Jenkins was indicted on November 22, 2016.


According to testimony and evidence presented at trial, on October 11, 2015, Jenkins, who was a Titusville High School football coach and Brevard County teacher’s aide at the time, sold 28 grams of cocaine to a confidential informant for $1,300 in the parking lot of a Titusville Wal-Mart. While Jenkins sat in his car and counted the money for the cocaine, he had a Springfield Arms .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol in his lap. The transaction was arranged over Jenkins’s cellphone.


This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Titusville Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney E. Jackson Boggs Jr.

Updated February 27, 2017

Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses