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Southern District of Florida

Friday, December 2, 2016

Lake Worth Resident Sentenced for Distribution of Fentanyl Resulting in Death

Christopher Sharod Massena, 25, of Palm Beach County, was sentenced today to 360 months in prison to be followed by three years supervised release for the distribution of Fentanyl, resulting in the death of a 23 year old man.

Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Adolphus P. Wright, Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Miami Field Division, Ric Bradshaw, Sheriff, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office (PBSO), and Bryan Kummerlen, Chief, West Palm Beach Police Department (WPBPD), made the announcement. 

Massena was previously convicted for unlawfully distributing a controlled substance, Fentanyl, which resulted in death. 

According to the court record, on February 18, 2016, Massena distributed Fentanyl, a Schedule II controlled substance, to a 23 year old man.  The man died of acute Fentanyl toxicity shortly after ingesting the controlled substance.  Thereafter, on four separate dates Massena distributed other controlled substance (heroin and heroin mixed with Fetanyl) to an undercover police officer.  On the date of his arrest, Massena possessed with the intent to distribute heroin.

Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of the DEA, PBSO, WPBPD, and the Palm Beach Narcotics Task Force for their assistance in this matter.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer C. Nucci.

Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at or on

Updated December 2, 2016