LAWFUEL – US Attorney News – R. Alexander Acosta, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Mark R. Trouville, Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration, Miami Filed Division, Ric Bradshaw, Sheriff, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, Larry Shroeder, Chief, Delray Beach Police Dept, and Frank Kitzerow, Chief, Jupiter Police Department, announced that on February 1, 2007, defendants Winfred Lorenzo Hunt, of Jupiter and Delray Beach, and Leonard Allen, Jr., of Jupiter, were sentenced to life imprisonment, and defendant Carlton Potts, of Boynton Beach, was sentenced to twenty (20) years’ imprisonment. by U.S. District Court Judge Donald Middlebrooks for their roles in a major crack cocaine and powder cocaine distribution ring operating in Palm Beach County. Sixteen (16) other individuals have also been sentenced in connection with this case, receiving sentences ranging from two (2) years to ten (10) years’ imprisonment.
These convictions and sentences were the result of a year-long investigation, named Operation Magnum Force, into a major crack cocaine and powder cocaine ring that operated between Delray Beach and Jupiter. Evidence introduced at the trial revealed that Carlton Potts supplied Winfred Hunt with two to three kilos of powder cocaine a week over a period of approximately ten (10) months. Hunt converted most of the cocaine into crack cocaine and sold it from various locations in Delray Beach. A portion of the crack cocaine was sent to Jupiter, Florida, where it was sold by Leonard Allen, Jr. and others. Trial testimony revealed that Hunt was selling between 1.5 to 2 kilograms of crack cocaine and between one-half to a kilogram of powder cocaine a week during this time.
United States Attorney Alex Acosta stated, “”With two of today’s defendants facing life imprisonment, and a third facing 20 years’ imprisonment, today’s case is an example of the severe consequences that those who deal drugs in our neighborhoods may face when they are prosecuted federally.”
“The sentences handed down in this case send the message that drug trafficking is a life changing event,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge Mark R. Trouville. “Life behind bars is appropriate for drug traffickers who deal in death and destruction. The DEA and our local counterparts will continue to aggressively pursue those who peddle drugs in our communities.”
Mr. Acosta commended the investigative efforts of the DEA, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s office, Delray Beach Police Department, and Jupiter Police Department for their work on the matter. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Karen Atkinson and Janice LeClainche.