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Sarasota Methamphetamine Dealer Sentenced To 15 Years In Federal Prison

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

Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge Steven D. Merryday has sentenced Alfred Clayton Rosier, Jr. (30, Sarasota) to 15 years in federal prison for possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. Rosier entered a guilty plea on January 18, 2024.

According to court documents, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Sarasota Police Department (SPD), and Sarasota County Sherriff’s Office (SCSO) began investigating Rosier in mid-2021. On September 22, 2022, a FedEx representative contacted law enforcement about a parcel suspected of containing narcotics in their Manatee County facility. A FedEx employee had opened the box and observed black vacuum-sealed bags commonly used to ship and package narcotics. A deputy from the Manatee County Sherriff’s Office (MCSO) arrived at the FedEx facility, retrieved the suspect parcel, transported it to MCSO, and conducted a canine sniff test. The dog alerted to the package. The package was addressed to a person at an address on McCloud Circle in Sarasota. After procuring a search warrant for the package from a Sarasota County judge, the deputy opened the package and discovered two wrapped packages that contained eight pounds each of a crystal substance, which tested positive for methamphetamine. DEA agents then conducted a controlled delivery of the suspected methamphetamine.

Later that day, at approximately 7:00 p.m., a detective with SCSO, acting in an undercover capacity, delivered the package to the address on McCloud Circle. Air surveillance observed Rosier outside the home next to a white van, where he retrieved a large box from inside the van. As the SCSO SWAT team approached Rosier, he threw the box back inside the van and jumped into the driver’s seat of a blue sedan parked next to the van.

Rosier was found sitting on a portion of the label from the delivered

package. A small backpack was located in the sedan as well. The backpack contained a loaded Draco pistol with a 30-round magazine, prescription medication with Rosier’s name, cellphone receipts, and another FedEx shipping label for a package sent to California.

Upon searching the van and the box that Rosier had thrown inside, agents

located approximately 22 pounds of marijuana and 647 grams of methamphetamine.

This case was investigated by the DEA, the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, the Sarasota Police Department, and the Manatee County Sherriff’s Office. This effort is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) operation. 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

It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Shauna S. Hale.

Updated June 17, 2024

Drug Trafficking
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