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Tampa Drug Trafficker Convicted Following Bench Trial

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

Tampa, FL – United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces that U.S. District Judge William F. Jung found Enock Edouard (37, Tampa) guilty of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and fentanyl, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and fentanyl, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and criminal contempt, following a bench trial. Edouard faces a minimum mandatory sentence of 10 years in federal prison. His sentencing hearing has not yet been scheduled. Edouard was arrested on April 22, 2023, and ordered detained.

According to testimony and evidence presented at trial, between 2021 and 2023, Edouard was part of a drug trafficking network that operated throughout the Middle District of Florida and elsewhere, including California. Working with others, Edouard moved methamphetamine and fentanyl originating in Mexico, shipped to California in car tires, then shipped or transported the drugs to Orlando and Tampa. Edouard carried large amounts of cash to California to purchase the narcotics, then utilized various accomplices to hide narcotics in boxes and suitcases for distribution in Florida. At trial, one co-conspirator described Edouard as “the only person between me and the cartels,” and estimated that Edouard sold him over 300 kilograms of methamphetamine in less than 10 months.

Edouard was arrested in Las Vegas. A search warrant executed at his apartment in downtown Tampa resulted in the recovery of additional fentanyl and a firearm. Law enforcement ultimately seized 15 firearms, 2 hand grenades, more than 25 kilograms of methamphetamine, and more than $80,000 in cash from Edouard and his co-conspirators.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Tampa Police Department, and the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. This effort is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (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 Attorneys Michael R. Kenneth and Diego F. Novaes.

Updated May 10, 2024

Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses