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Palm Bay Man Sentenced To Six Years For Distributing Fentanyl

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

Orlando, FL – U.S. District Judge Roy B. Dalton today sentenced Davel Theodore Spady (35, Palm Bay) to six years in federal prison for distributing fentanyl and possessing with the intent to distribute 40 grams or more of fentanyl. A federal jury had found Spady guilty on October 21, 2021.

According to evidence presented during the three-day trial, Spady sold fentanyl on three separate occasions—February 18, 2021; February 27, 2021; and March 19, 2021—to a confidential source who was working with law enforcement. Spady sold the fentanyl from inside his vehicle while parked at a thrift store.

On April 14, 2021, the Florida Highway Patrol conducted a traffic stop on Spady’s vehicle as he was travelling to deliver two ounces of fentanyl. During a search of the vehicle, law enforcement located the fentanyl, which had been concealed in the trunk.

Spady received an enhanced penalty at sentencing for obstruction of justice because the Court determined that he had testified falsely during his trial.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the West Melbourne Police Department, and the Florida Highway Patrol. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Beatriz Gonzalez and Ranganath Manthripragada.

Updated January 24, 2022

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