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South Florida Crystal Meth and Fentanyl Trafficker Sentenced to Over 10 Years in Federal Prison

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

Miami, Florida – A 24-year-old Daytona Beach, Florida man has been sentenced to 125 months in federal prison for distributing crystal methamphetamine and fentanyl in Martin County, Florida.  

On July 2, 2021, Maxwell A. Vega traveled from Daytona Beach to a hotel in Martin County, where he had prearranged a meeting to sell methamphetamine.  While arranging that drug deal, Vega offered to sell the buyer an additional drug: fentanyl.  The buyer initially declined the fentanyl offer, saying it was too dangerous a drug.  Vega encouraged the sale, and offered to bring a sample of fentanyl to the meeting.  At the meeting, Vega sold the buyer over 54 grams of 98% pure methamphetamine.  As for the fentanyl that Vega brought with him, Vega told the buyer that it was the “real deal” and warned the buyer not to touch it.

On July 7, 2021, Vega again traveled from Daytona Beach to the same hotel in Martin County, where he had prearranged a second meeting to sell illegal narcotics.  During that meeting, Vega sold one ounce of fentanyl and 1.170 grams of 99% pure methamphetamine to the buyer.  Vega was arrested shortly after this transaction.

On December 3, 2021, Vega pled guilty to one count of distribution of over 50 grams of methamphetamine, one count of distribution of methamphetamine and one count of distribution of fentanyl.

Juan Antonio Gonzalez, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and Anthony Salisbury, Special Agent in Charge, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Miami Field Office announced the sentence imposed by U.S. District Court Judge Jose E. Martinez.

HSI Miami and Martin County Sheriff’s Office, investigated this case.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Luisa Honora Berti is prosecuting this case.

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 21-cr-14030.



Marlene Rodriguez
Special Counsel to the U.S. Attorney
Public Affairs Officer

Updated March 16, 2022

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