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Tampa Man Pleads Guilty To Federal Drug Charges

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

Tampa, Florida – United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that Raheem Lavontae Bryant (23, Tampa) has pleaded guilty to five counts of distributing crack cocaine and powder cocaine.  He faces a minimum mandatory penalty of 5 years, up to 40 years, in federal prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set.

According to court documents, between December 2015 and January 2016, Bryant sold crack and powder cocaine, on five separate occasions, to undercover detectives from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.  The transactions took place in the parking lots of various businesses in Tampa and Thonotosassa.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.  It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Taylor G. Stout.

This is another case prosecuted as part of the Department of Justice’s Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Comprehensive Anti-Gang Initiative (CAGI).  The program’s objective is to reduce criminal gangs, violent crime, illegal drugs, and guns through combined enforcement, prosecution, prevention, and re-entry efforts.

Updated April 8, 2016

Drug Trafficking
Project Safe Neighborhoods