Tampa Man Indicted For Overdose Death
For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Florida
Tampa, Florida – United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces the return of an indictment charging Telvin O. Wright (26, Tampa) with distribution of a mixture of cocaine and fentanyl which resulted in an overdose death, and with possession with the intent to distribute fentanyl. If convicted, Wright faces a minimum mandatory penalty of 20 years, up to life, in federal prison for the distribution of fentanyl resulting in death, and up to 20 years’ imprisonment for the possession with intent to distribute offense. The indictment also notifies Wright that the United States intends to forfeit any assets which are alleged to be traceable to proceeds of the offense.
According to the indictment, on February 9, 2022, Wright distributed a mixture of cocaine and fentanyl to an individual who died after ingesting the substance. On February 11, 2022, Wright possessed fentanyl with the intent to distribute it.
An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed one or more violations of federal criminal law, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Maria Guzman.
Updated October 25, 2023