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Prolific Opioid Dealer Sentenced To 13 Years In Federal Prison

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

Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge James D. Whittemore has sentenced Skyler Christopher Sanders (33, Bradenton) to 13 years in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute cocaine, cocaine base, heroin, methamphetamine, carfentanil, and fentanyl. He pleaded guilty on December 21, 2017.

According to court documents, Sanders and his associates sold drugs out of a house in Bradenton that operated as an open-air drug market. These drugs included cocaine, cocaine base, heroin, methamphetamine, carfentanil, and fentanyl. Sanders and his associates sold these drugs to undercover detectives on numerous occasions.

This case is the result of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation entitled “Hot Batch.” The principal mission of the OCDETF program is to identify, disrupt, and dismantle the most serious drug trafficking and money laundering organizations and those primarily responsible for the nation’s drug supply. The investigation was conducted by the DEA and the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Taylor G. Stout.

Updated June 11, 2018

Topic
Opioids