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Twenty-Nine Individuals were Sentenced in a Multi-Agency Law Enforcement Operation Centered in Pompano Beach

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

Twenty-nine individuals have been sentenced for their respective roles in selling guns and drugs in Pompano Beach following a yearlong intensive investigation lead by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Drug Enforcement Administration, and Broward Sheriff’s Office. Sentences imposed on the defendants ranged from one to 12 years in prison.  


Benjamin G. Greenberg, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Peter J. Forcelli, Special Agent in Charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Miami Field Office, Adolphus P. Wright, Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Miami Field Division, Scott Israel, Sheriff, Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO), and Amos Rojas, Jr., United States Marshal, United States Marshals Service (USMS) Fugitive Task Force, made the announcement. 


Twenty-nine defendants were sentenced in 23 separate cases for their participation in a narcotics trafficking conspiracy, narcotics trafficking offenses and firearms-related violations.  During the course of the law enforcement operation, the defendants collectively sold a total of 285 firearms to undercover officers, including AR-15s, AKs, pistols, revolvers, a short barrel rifle and a police sniper rifle. The defendants also sold heroin, flakka, cocaine, oxycodone and marijuana to undercover law enforcement officers. 


Convicted of primarily firearms-related offenses and sentenced were:


1. Francisco Lazaro Acosta, a/k/a “Chino,” 31, of Fort Lauderdale, 70 months’ imprisonment;

2. James Rodney Baker, a/k/a “Bake,” a/k/a "Bubba,” 32, of Pompano Beach, 72 months’ imprisonment;

3. Terrance Roshaud Demps, a/k/a “J.R.,” 28, of Pompano Beach, 37 months’ imprisonment;

4. Rashaun Gaskin, a/k/a “Shaun,” 19, of Fort Lauderdale, 24 months’ imprisonment;

5. Davon Gilbert, a/k/a “Von,” 19, of Plantation, 60 months’ imprisonment;

6. Edwin Nathan Oliver, a/k/a Edwin Olivert,” 35, of Deerfield Beach, 51 months’ imprisonment;

7. Adrian Stephens, 24, of Tamarac, 30 months’ imprisonment; and

8. Otis Thomas, a/k/a “Fat,” 25, of Pompano Beach, 72 months’ imprisonment.


Convicted of primarily narcotics-related offenses and sentenced were:


1. Alex Bernadin, a/k/a “Ace,” 33, of Deerfield Beach, 21 months’ imprisonment;

2. Jamise Bozeman, a//k/a “J,” 25, of Pompano Beach, 36 months’ imprisonment;

3. Antonio Brown, a/k/a “Big T,” 38 of Pompano Beach, 27 months’ imprisonment;

4. Marcus Depre, 28, of Pompano Beach, 21 months’ imprisonment;

5. Ronald Dutervil, a/k/a “Chris,” 30, of Pompano Beach, 87 months’ imprisonment;

6. Kurt Edward Hanford, 52, of Pompano Beach, 30 months’ imprisonment;

7. Frantz Jacques, a/k/a “Tim,” 34, of Lauderdale Lakes, 15 months’ imprisonment;

8. Terrance Jacsaint, a/k/a “TJ,” 26, of Lantana, 77 months’ imprisonment;

9. Dieuphen Joseph, 28, of Pompano Beach, 46 months’ imprisonment;

10. Vila Desir Jozama, a/k/a “V,” 25, of Pompano Beach, 90 months’ imprisonment;

11. Awince Lasseur, a/k/a “Snowman,” 28, of Pompano Beach, 70 months’ imprisonment;

12. Seaton Letts, Jr., 30, of Pompano Beach, 144 months’ imprisonment;

13. Anthony Tavaris Morris, a/k/a “Amp,” 33, of Pompano Beach; 70 months’ imprisonment;

14. Rodney Levon Newkirk, 20, of Lauderhill, 24 months’ imprisonment;

15. Denny Prenelus, a/k/a “DC,” 25, of Pompano Beach, 14 months’ imprisonment;

16. Wisley Prenelus, a/k/a “Wis,” 33, of Pompano Beach, 77 months’ imprisonment;

17. Walson Prophilis, a/k/a “Wat Wat,” 32, of Pompano Beach, 87 months’ imprisonment;

18. Douglas Tavaris Russell, a/k/a/ “T,” 31, of Pompano Beach, 11 months’ imprisonment

19. Henry D. Smith, a/k/a “Boss,” 36, of Fort Lauderdale, 77 months’ imprisonment

20. Michel-Ange Silien, 29, of Pompano Beach, 24 months’ imprisonment and

21. Jason Howard Tripp, a/k/a “Gucci Guch,” 31, of Boynton Beach, 24 months’ imprisonment. 


Mr. Greenberg commended the investigative efforts of ATF, DEA, BSO and the USMS Fugitive Task Force.

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 October 23, 2017