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Methamphetamine Dealer Sentenced To More Than 5 Years In Federal Prison

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

Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge Charlene E. Honeywell has sentenced Margaret Catherine Lynch (36, Bradenton) to 5 years and 10 months in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. Lynch had pleaded guilty on October 13, 2022.

According to court documents, on October 27, 2020, Lynch and a co-conspirator sold 28 grams of methamphetamine to a confidential informant. On November 5, 2020, Lynch and her co-conspirator sold an additional 56 grams of methamphetamine to a confidential informant.

On July 22, 2021, law enforcement officers served a search warrant at Lynch’s residence. The officers seized more than 70 grams of methamphetamine and drug packaging materials during the search of the home.

This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Hardee County Sheriff’s Office, and the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Charlie D. Connally.

This case was part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach. Additional information about the OCDETF Program can be found at

Updated February 3, 2023

Drug Trafficking