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Pensacola Man Sentenced To 150 Months In Federal Prison for Possession Of Drugs

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

PENSACOLA, FLORIDA – Darnell Devaughn Burnett, 40, of Pensacola, Florida, was sentenced to serve 150 months in federal prison after previously pleading guilty to possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, 500 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing methamphetamine, 100 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing heroin, a quantity of fentanyl, and a quantity 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 and serve a critical role in removing addictive and deadly controlled substances from our communities,” said U.S. Attorney Coody. “Through their efforts, this defendant – a prior offender currently serving a probationary sentence – will face the significant consequences of his continued criminal conduct. We will continue to support our law enforcement partners as we work together to investigate and prosecute criminals distributing drugs in North Florida.”

On June 13, 2023, a state search warrant was executed at Burnett’s residence in Pensacola, Florida. During the search of the residence, law enforcement located and seized 829 grams of methamphetamine, 137.9 grams of heroin, small quantities of fentanyl and cocaine, a digital scale and bags used for drug distribution. Evidence introduced at the sentencing hearing established that at the time the search warrant was executed at his residence, Burnett was on state probation for drug distribution charges.  

“This case is another example of how our strong law enforcement partnership enhances public safety in Pensacola,” said Pensacola Police Chief Eric Randall. “We are committed to utilizing every resource available to hold accountable those responsible for the distribution of dangerous drugs in our community.”

“The DEA Miami Field Division remains committed to pursuing those who continue to put personal profits over the lives of our citizens by distributing this poison in our communities and hold them accountable for their actions,” said DEA Miami Field Division Special Agent in Charge Deanne Reuter. “With the support and cooperation from our local, state, and federal law enforcement partners, we will continue to succeed in our mission of keeping our Florida communities safe and healthy.”

Burnett’s prison sentence will be followed by 5 years of supervised release.

This sentencing resulted from a joint investigation by the Pensacola Police Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney J. Ryan Love.

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 June 26, 2024