LAWFUEL – Legal News, Legal Jobs Network – R. Alexander Ac…

LAWFUEL – Legal News, Legal Jobs Network – R. Alexander Acosta, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and Mark R. Trouville, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, announce the conviction of defendant Lance R. Umansky, 33, for operating an Ecstasy laboratory from his Miami Beach apartment and possessing Ecstasy with intent to distribute, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 856 and 841(a)(1).

Umansky’s sentencing is scheduled for April 27, 2007, Umansky faces a maximum statutory sentence of twenty (20) years’ imprisonment and a $1,000,000 fine. This arrest and conviction marks South Florida’s first Ecstasy laboratory bust.

The evidence at trial established that Umansky, a Florida International University graduate student studying biomedical engineering, had purchased on the Internet chemicals and equipment necessary to produce Ecstasy in his home laboratory. After executing a federal search warrant at his apartment, Drug Enforcement Administration agents discovered materials used to produce Ecstasy. Additionally, agents found Ecstasy in powder form, a scale and empty gel capsules.

Mr. Acosta commended the investigative efforts of the Drug Enforcement Administration. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Jason Emilios Dimitris and Alicia Shick.

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.

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