Tallahassee Woman Convicted of Drug Trafficking
TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – After a day and a half trial, Jamila Takiyah Hunter, 32, of Tallahassee, was convicted yesterday afternoon of possession with intent to distribute the controlled substance α-Pyrrolidinovalerophenone or “Alpha-PVP.” The verdict was announced by Christopher P. Canova, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida.
Hunter’s four co-defendants pled guilty in late 2017 and early 2018 as follows:
- Conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance:
Travis L. Glasco, Charik James, Tyrail Gallman, and Dora Williams;
- Possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance: Glasco, James, and Williams;
- Possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking: Glasco; and
- Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon: Glasco.
In November 2016, law enforcement officers identified a kilogram package of alpha-PVP destined for delivery to a commercial UPS mailbox rented by Hunter. Agents conducted a controlled delivery of the drug-laden parcel and arrested Hunter after she signed for and accepted the parcel. When agents attempted to contact her co-conspirators, Glasco fled from the parking lot and abandoned a vehicle in the middle of Capital Circle during lunch hour traffic. Subsequent investigation revealed the identity of Hunter’s co-conspirators, who were charged in a superseding indictment.
Glasco, James, Gallman, Williams, and Hunter face a maximum of 20 years in prison for each controlled substance conviction. Additionally, Glasco faces a minimum of 5 years and a maximum of life in prison for possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking; and a minimum of 15 years and a maximum of life in prison for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
The sentencing hearings are scheduled as follows at the U.S. Courthouse in Tallahassee:
- February 23, 2018: Williams (9:30 a.m.);
- April 20, 2018: James (9:00 a.m.) and Gallman (10:30 a.m.); and
- May 10, 2018: Glasco (9:30 a.m.) and Hunter (3:00 p.m.).
This case resulted from investigations by the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the United States Postal Inspection Service; the Drug Enforcement Administration; the Leon County Sheriff’s Office; and the Tallahassee Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael J. Harwin.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that has been historically successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made turning the tide of rising violent crime in America a top priority. In October 2017, as part of a series of actions to address this crime trend, Attorney General Sessions announced the reinvigoration of PSN and directed all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to develop a district crime reduction strategy that incorporates the lessons learned since PSN launched in 2001.
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