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St. Petersburg Man Sentenced To More Than 5 Years In Prison For His Involvement In Drug Trafficking Organization

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

Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge Thomas P. Barber today sentenced Shyron Deonta Givens, a/k/a “Ron,” (45, St. Petersburg) to 5 years and 10 months in federal prison for conspiring to distribute cocaine. Givens had pleaded guilty on April 16, 2021.

According to court documents, Givens was one of eleven defendants charged with federal drug trafficking offenses. According to the indictment, from around August 2018, and continuing through November 26, 2019, Givens and others conspired to distribute heroin, fentanyl, and cocaine. As part of this conspiracy, Givens facilitated cocaine deals between the co-defendants. In total, Givens was responsible for several drug transactions that involved more than 5 kilograms of cocaine.

Each of the eleven individuals charged in this case has pleaded guilty and been sentenced, as reflected in the chart below:

Defendant (age, residence)

Sentence Imposed

Ahmad Rashad Weston, a/k/a “Blood,” (45, St. Petersburg)

17 years, 6 months

Charleston Shellie Long, a/k/a “Shellie,” (41, St. Petersburg)

7 years, 6 months

Shyron Deonta Givens, a/k/a “Ron,” (45, St. Petersburg)

5 years, 10 months

Charlie James McDuffy, Jr. (34, Clearwater)

10 years

Teddy Terrell Strachan (40, Pembroke Pines)

6 years, 6 months

Ceveghnta Billvon Guyden, a/k/a “Chop,” (44, St. Petersburg)

17 years, 6 months

Quincy Alfonzo Turner, a/k/a “Chico,” (44, St. Petersburg)

10 years

Justice Deshonna McLaurin, a/k/a “Jussy,” (27, St. Petersburg)

5 years

Willie Carl McLaurin, a/k/a “Baldy,” (55, St. Petersburg)

Time Served

Ja’Vonta Willie McLaurin, a/k/a “Tay Tay,” (28, St. Petersburg)

5 years

Willie Carl McLaurin, Jr. (33, St. Petersburg)

5 years

This case was investigated by a multi-agency task force through the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF). 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. Agencies involved in this OCDETF operation include the Drug Enforcement Administration, the St. Petersburg Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Charlie D. Connally.   

Updated June 29, 2022

Drug Trafficking