Orlando, Florida – U.S. District Judge Gregory A. Presnell has sentenced Jason Santos (27, Orlando) to eight years and four months in federal prison for possession with the intent to distribute fentanyl and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense. The court also ordered Santos to forfeit 11 firearms and various ammunition, which are traceable to the offense. Santos had pleaded guilty on September 22, 2023.
According to court documents, on February 15 and March 14, 2023, Santos sold cocaine to an undercover deputy from the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office. Law enforcement subsequently obtained a search warrant for a residence out of which Santos was operating and recovered 11 firearms, various ammunition, a tactical bag, and drug paraphernalia, including scales and empty clear bags. Officers also recovered various controlled substances, including, fentanyl, cocaine, LSD, MDA, methamphetamine, cannabis, alprazolam, and mushrooms.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Stephanie A. McNeff.
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.