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

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Los Angeles Man Convicted For Possessing And Conspiring To Distribute Over One Kilogram Of Heroin

Tampa, Florida – United States Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez announces that a federal jury has found William Harold Wright, Jr. (56, Los Angeles, CA), a/k/a “Flat Top,” guilty of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with the intent to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin, possessing heroin with the intent to distribute it, and possessing greater than 100 grams of heroin with the intent to distribute it. He faces a maximum penalty of life in federal prison. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for April 30, 2018.

Wright. was indicted on October 4, 2016.

According to testimony and evidence presented at trial, in April 2015, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, and the St. Petersburg Police Department began investigating a heroin distribution network in Pinellas County. Law enforcement officers working in an undercover capacity conducted a series of controlled drug transactions from 2015 through 2016, purchasing from one to nine ounces of heroin in a series of transactions. Investigators later discovered that Wright had been supplying the heroin that the undercover officer had purchased. In June 2016, law enforcement officers observed Wright. and a co-conspirator retrieve a crate in St. Petersburg that had been shipped from California. The crate contained a kilogram of heroin that had been concealed in a countertop. Officers later arrested Wright.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, the St. Petersburg Police Department, and the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys James C. Preston and Charlie D. Connally.

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