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Palm Bay Man Sentenced To More Than Twelve Years For Drug Trafficking And Firearm Offenses

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

Orlando, Florida – U.S. District Judge Carlos E. Mendoza has sentenced John Dwayne Riley (39, Palm Bay) to 12 years and 6 months in federal prison for possessing more than 500 grams of cocaine with the intent to distribute it, and for possessing a firearm in furtherance of that drug-trafficking crime.  A federal jury found him guilty on April 5, 2016.  Additionally, Riley has an extensive criminal history that includes convictions for attempted robbery and for drug-trafficking crimes.

According to evidence presented at trial, on June 17, 2015, probation officers with the Florida Department of Corrections went to Riley’s house in response to an anonymous tip that he was dealing drugs.  The officers observed powder cocaine inside a car in Riley’s garage, and they also found approximately one kilogram of individually packaged powder cocaine in one of Riley’s kitchen cabinets.  During the execution of a search warrant later that evening, officers from the Palm Bay Police Department discovered an additional 5 grams of individually packaged heroin in another kitchen cabinet and 59 grams of individually packaged crack cocaine in the car.  Riley also had several items of drug paraphernalia, and the pans in his kitchen sink contained fresh crack cocaine residue.  Officers found $1,000 in cash in Riley’s pocket, and they recovered a loaded handgun from where Riley had been seated on his living room sofa.

This case was investigated by the Palm Bay Police Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Florida Department of Corrections. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Embry J. Kidd.

Updated June 29, 2016

Drug Trafficking
Violent Crime