St. Petersburg Man Pleads Guilty To Possession Of Fentanyl, Methamphetamine, And Cocaine With Intent To Distribute
For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Florida
Tampa, FL - United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces that Jason Washington (42, St. Petersburg) has pleaded guilty to one count of possession of fentanyl, methamphetamine, and cocaine with the intent to distribute it. Due to the amount of methamphetamine Washington possessed, he faces a minimum mandatory sentence of 10 years, up to life, in federal prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set.
According to court documents, on April 13, 2023, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Washington’s residence. Inside the home, they found over 240 grams of methamphetamine, 225 grams of fentanyl, and 102 grams of cocaine. Officers also located more than $77,000 in cash and six firearms inside the home.
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the St. Petersburg Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Samantha Newman.
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.
Updated November 7, 2023