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Highlands County man sentenced to 100 months for distribution of methamphetamine

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

MIAMI – On Jan. 30, a Highlands County man was sentenced to 100 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for distribution of methamphetamine. The sentence comes after his guilty plea on Sept. 27, 2023.

Between January and May 2023, Rafael Junior Morrero, 46, of Sebring, Florida, sold a total of 204.09 grams of pure methamphetamine on five separate occasions in Highlands County.

U.S. Attorney Markenzy Lapointe for the Southern District of Florida, Special Agent in Charge Deanne L. Reuter of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Miami Field Division, and Sheriff Paul Blackman of the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO), announced the sentence imposed by U.S. District Judge Aileen M. Cannon.

DEA Miami Field Division, Port St. Lucie Resident Office and HCSO investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Hudock prosecuted it.

Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at or at, under case number 23-cr-14014.



Public Affairs Unit

U.S. Attorney’s Office

Southern District of Florida

Updated February 5, 2024

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