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Jury Convicts Drug Dealer of a Controlled Substance Conspiracy, Distribution and Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Possession of Firearm and Ammunition by a Convicted Felon

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

MIAMI – On Jan. 10, a Fort Lauderdale jury found Chad Michael Marlow, 46, of Pompano Beach, Florida, guilty of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance, distribution of a controlled substance, possession with the intent to distribute a controlled substance, and of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

During the three-day trial, the government put on evidence that showed that Marlow was recorded on two occasions selling a quarter pound and a pound, respectively, of methamphetamine to an undercover Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent in the parking lot of a Broward County shopping plaza. In the recordings, Marlow could be heard discussing at length the great quality of the product and the fact that he used it for his back and hip pain.

Marlow and his partner agreed to sell the undercover agent one pound of methamphetamine at a third planned deal, but when Marlow and his partner arrived at the shopping plaza, law enforcement conducted an arrest.  Law enforcement searched the vehicle Marlow was driving and found an unzipped backpack immediately behind the driver’s seat of the vehicle –sitting at the top of the backpack was a loaded handgun and an extra loaded magazine and in the bottom of that backpack they found a pound, or nearly 1,000 pills, of fentanyl segregated into dealing sized baggies, methamphetamine, and cocaine, as well as a bank card bearing Marlow’s name.  Law enforcement also found a pound of methamphetamine in a lunch cooler sitting on the front passenger seat of the vehicle. 

Marlow is scheduled to be sentenced on April 4, 2024, before U.S. District Judge William P. Dimitrouleas.

U.S. Attorney Markenzy Lapointe for the Southern District of Florida and Special Agent in Charge Deanne L. Reuter of DEA Miami Field Division made the announcement.

DEA Miami Field Division conducted the investigation. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Emily R. Stone and Brooke E. Latta.

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-60202.



Public Affairs Unit

U.S. Attorney’s Office

Southern District of Florida

Updated January 16, 2024

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