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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Florida

Thursday, March 5, 2015

St. Petersburg Cocaine Trafficker Sentenced to Prison

Tampa, FL – U.S. District Judge Steven D. Merryday has sentenced Octavius R. Henderson (35, St. Petersburg) to 20 years in federal prison for conspiring with others to possess with the intent to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine.  He pleaded guilty on December 16, 2014.

According to court documents, Henderson and others were involved in a years-long drug conspiracy that was responsible for the distribution of at least 149 kilograms of cocaine in St. Petersburg. During a search of a St. Petersburg residence used by Henderson and others as a “stash house” for narcotics and money, agents located digital scales, mixing agents, containers with cocaine residue, and a “kilo” press. Agents also located 850 grams of cocaine and $71,930 in U.S. currency inside the stash house.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Shauna S. Hale. This case results from an ongoing Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation. The principal mission of the OCDETF program is to identify, disrupt and dismantle the most serious drug trafficking, weapons trafficking and money laundering organizations, and those primarily responsible for the nation’s illegal drug supply.

Drug Trafficking
Updated March 10, 2015