Florida News: Three Broward County Residents Sentenced to Prison for Heroin and Firearms Trafficking

Florida News: Three Broward County Residents Sentenced to Prison for Heroin and Firearms Trafficking

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Florida – Three Broward County residents have been sentenced to prison for their involvement in a heroin and firearms trafficking enterprise.

Benjamin G. Greenberg, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Ari C. Shapira, Special Agent in Charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Miami Field Office, and Scott Israel, Sheriff, Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO), made the announcement.

According to the court record, associates Scoth Vilbrun, 19, Mondlin Seppe, a/k/a “Box Chevy,” 27, and Jovante Telfort, 26, all of Pompano Beach, were involved in the trafficking of firearms and narcotics. On July 13, 2017, Vilbrun sold approximately 7 grams of heroin and a .45 rifle to an undercover officer. On August 10, 2017, Seppe, sold approximately 14 grams of heroin and 2 revolvers to an undercover officer. On June 23, 2017, Telfort, 26, sold approximately 15 grams of heroin and a Ruger, mini 30 rifle to an undercover officer.

The defendants previously pled guilty to possession with intent to distribute narcotics and possession of a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking offense and were recently sentenced to prison by United States District Court Judge William P. Dimitrouleas. On May 30, 2018, Telfort, was sentenced to a total of 84 months in prison (24 months in prison for the narcotics offense, to be followed by 60 months in prison for the firearm offense). On the same date, Seppe was sentenced to a total of 78 months in prison (18 months in prison for the narcotics offense, to be followed by 60 months in prison for the firearm offense). On June 6, 2018, Vilbrun was sentenced to a total of 72 months in prison (12 months in prison for the narcotics offense, to be followed by 60 months in prison for the firearm offense).

Each defendant was sentenced to 3 years of supervised release for the narcotics offense, to run concurrent to 5 years of supervised release for the firearm offense.

This case stems from Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that brings together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. Attorney General Jeff Sessions reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.

Mr. Greenberg commended the investigative efforts of the ATF and BSO in this matter. This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bruce Brown.

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SOURCE: news provided by JUSTICE.GOV on Monday, June 11, 2018

 

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