Five charged with conspiring to distribute thousands of doses of heroin and fentanyl in Tampa

TAMPA, Fla. — Five individuals have been charged with conspiring to distribute thousands of doses of heroin and fentanyl in Tampa, the Department of Justice announced on Thursday.

United States Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez announces the unsealing of an indictment charging the group with conspiring to distribute more than one kilogram of heroin, 400 grams of fentanyl, and 100 grams of a fentanyl analogue.

If convicted, Anthony Jerome Lang, 60, of Tampa, Travell Kinkay Jones, 40, of West Palm Beach, Vanzini Nicholas Hansell, 37, of Tampa, Amber Miller, 32, of Tampa, and Carlton Reid Mallard, 61, of Tampa, each face a maximum penalty of life in federal prison.

According to the indictment, from at least June 2017 through February 2018, Lang, Jones, Hansell, Miller, and Mallard participated in a conspiracy to distribute heroin, fentanyl, and fentanyl analogues in the Middle District of Florida.

An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has violated one or more of the federal criminal laws, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.

This case is the result of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task force investigation conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, with assistance from the Tampa Police Department and the Florida Highway Patrol.

The case will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Dan Baeza.

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