LAWFUEL – Law News Network – R. Alexander Acosta, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Mark R. Trouville, Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration, and Chief John G. Timoney, City of Miami Police Department, announced today that on July 14, 2006, after a two (2) day trial before U.S. District Judge Jose E. Martinez, a jury found defendant Nataska Howard guilty of one (1) count of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute crack cocaine, in violation of 21 U.S.C. Sections 846 and 841(a)(1), and one (1) count of possession with the intent to distribute crack cocaine, in violation of 21 U.S.C. Section 841(a)(1). Howard faces a maximum statutory sentence of life imprisonment. U.S. District Judge Jose E. Martinez set sentencing for September 29, 2006.
Howard was arrested as part of a joint Drug Enforcement Administration/City of Miami Police Department Operation targeting high drug areas, including Little Haiti. According to the evidence at trial, Howard was collecting money from and distributing crack to a juvenile in the area of N.W. 53rd Street in Miami. A search of Howard’s Ford Expedition revealed crack cocaine, powder cocaine, marijuana, all packaged for street distribution and cash.
This case is an example of the successful cooperative efforts of the Drug Enforcement Administration and City of Miami Police Department to combat street-level narcotics distribution. Mr. Acosta commended the efforts of the Drug Enforcement Administration and the City of Miami Police Department. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Randy Katz and Michele Korver.
A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida at www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.