Miami, Florida – Several Highlands County men have been sentenced by a federal district court in South Florida to prison terms for their role in a powder and crack drug trafficking ring that had entrenched itself in the Lake Placid neighborhood in Highway Park, Florida. A law enforcement operation managed by the Drug Enforcement Administration; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Federal Bureau of Investigation; Florida Department of Law Enforcement; and the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office dismantled the drug trafficking organization, which led to the prosecution of members at all levels of the criminal enterprise – from senior leaders to the people who cooked crack cocaine to street dealers. In the past three months, the following federal defendants have been convicted in this case:

Markyrie McCray, Jr., 24, was sentenced on September 8, 2021 by U.S. District Judge Donald M. Middlebrooks to 30 months in jail after being convicted of conspiring to distribute 28 grams or more of cocaine base, commonly referred to as “crack cocaine.” (File # 21-CR-14002).

Takaria Vashon McCray, 47, was sentenced on August 25, 2021 by Judge Middlebrooks to 188 months in prison after being convicted of conspiracy to distribute 28 grams or more of basic cocaine and of conspiracy to distribute cocaine. (File n ° 21-CR-14002). Takaria Vashon McCray was previously convicted in the Southern District of Florida for possession with intent to distribute basic cocaine and was convicted as a career offender under federal sentencing guidelines.

Markyrie McCray, Sr., 46, was sentenced on August 25, 2021 by Judge Middlebrooks to 72 months in prison after being convicted of conspiring to distribute 28 grams or more of basic cocaine. (File n ° 21-CR-14002). Markyrie McCray, Sr. was previously convicted in the Southern District of Florida for conspiring to distribute base cocaine.

Coy Lee Bellamy, Jr., 34, was sentenced on August 17, 2021 by Judge Middlebrooks to 96 months in jail after being convicted of conspiracy to distribute 28 grams or more of basic cocaine and of conspiracy to sight of distributing cocaine. Coy Lee Bellamy, Jr. was convicted as a career offender under federal sentencing guidelines. (File n ° 21-CR-14002).

Terrance Mactavias Sholtz, 43, was sentenced on August 17, 2021 by U.S. District Judge Robin L. Rosenberg to 24 months in prison after being convicted of distributing basic cocaine. (File n ° 20-CR-14021).

Marquis Sharod Bellamy, 28, was sentenced on July 1, 2021 by Judge Middlebrooks to 180 months in prison after being convicted of conspiracy to distribute cocaine and possession of a firearm as a convicted criminal. Marquis Sharod Bellamy was convicted under the Armed Career Criminal Act. (File n ° 21-CR-14002).

Mykel Laron Treadwell, 34, was sentenced on June 2, 2021 by Judge Middlebrooks to 24 months in prison after being convicted of conspiring to distribute hydromorphone. (File n ° 21-CR-14003).

Kenneth Jamal Deveaux, 39, was sentenced on May 26, 2021 by US District Judge Jose E. Martinez to 151 months in prison after being convicted of distributing base cocaine. (File n ° 20-CR-14022). Kenneth Jamal Deveaux was previously convicted in the Southern District of Florida for possession with intent to distribute basic cocaine and was convicted as a career offender under federal sentencing guidelines.

Juan Antonio Gonzalez, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, La Verne J. Hibbert, Acting Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration, Miami Field Division, Robert Cekada, Special Agent in Charge, Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives , Miami Field Office, George L. Piro, Special Agent in Charge, FBI, Miami Field Office, Troy Walker, Special Agent in Charge, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and Paul Blackman, Sheriff, Sheriff’s Office of Highlands County made the announcement. Florida’s 10th Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office was instrumental in this operation.

These cases were prosecuted by Assistant US Attorney Michael D. Porter.

The prosecution was part of Operation Triple Play, which is the result of the ongoing efforts of the Combating Organized Crime Task Force (OCDETF), a partnership between federal, state and law enforcement agencies. local. The main mission of the OCDETF program is to identify, disrupt and dismantle drug traffickers, money launderers and other priority transnational criminal organizations who threaten the citizens of the United States with the help of an attorney Led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach to tackling transnational organized crime. The OCDETF program facilitates complex joint operations by focusing its partner agencies on priority targets, managing and coordinating multi-agency efforts, and leveraging intelligence across multiple survey platforms.

Court documents and related information are available on the District Court for the Southern District of Florida website at www.flsd.uscourts.gov Or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.

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