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Georgia Man Sentenced To Federal Prison For Drug Trafficking Offense

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

GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA – Frederick Anthony Forbes, 52, of McDonough, Georgia, was sentenced to 168 months in federal prison, after previously having been found guilty by a federal jury for conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine and possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine. Jason R. Coody, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, announced the sentence.

“Our local, state, and federal law enforcement partners work tirelessly to keep us safe by removing addictive and deadly controlled substances from our communities,” said U.S. Attorney Coody. “We remain committed to support their efforts through the investigation and vigorous prosecution of criminals bringing drugs into North Florida. The imposed sentence illustrates the significant consequences of harming our citizens through illicit drug trafficking activities.”

The evidence showed that Forbes, who was previously convicted of cocaine trafficking in 1994, was engaged in a longstanding conspiracy with other individuals to distribute cocaine. The conspiracy used coded language and counter-surveillance to avoid detection, as well as a commercial trucking business as a cover for narcotics trafficking.

“Drug trafficking has a devastating impact on our communities, and drug distributors, like Mr. Forbes, put profits over the lives of our citizens,” said Special Agent in Charge Deanne Reuter of the Drug Enforcement Administration Miami Field Division. “This investigation highlights DEA’s commitment to working with our law enforcement partners to hold those who threaten the safety and health of our Florida communities accountable for their actions.” 

Evidence, including testimony, surveillance, wiretap intercepts, and two kilograms of powder cocaine seized from Forbes in September of 2022, established that Forbes coordinated the purchase, delivery, and re-sale of cocaine, acting as a supplier for dealers in the Northern District of Florida and elsewhere. Investigation led to the seizure of nearly four kilograms of powder cocaine from Forbes and co-conspirators, seizure and forfeiture of a commercial tractor trailer used by Forbes to transport narcotics, and the indictment and conviction of two co-conspirators.

Forbes’ prison sentence will be followed by 10 years of supervised release.

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration in coordination with the Gainesville Police Department, Alachua County Sheriff’s Office, and Florida Highway Patrol. Assistant United States Attorney David Byron prosecuted the case.

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

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Updated July 3, 2024

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