A Florida man has been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for distributing fentanyl resulting in death. A federal jury found Jermaine Lamar Harvard, 41, Eustis, guilty on February 23, 2023.
According to testimony and evidence presented at trial, Harvard distributed fentanyl to the victim, “M.R,” in October 2019.
Harvard told the victim that the substance was heroin.
An analysis of the victim’s cellphone revealed that Harvard had set up multiple drug transactions with the victim.
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The drugs supplied by Harvard led directly to the victim’s death. A medical examiner subsequently confirmed that the victim had died of acute fentanyl toxicity.
Harvard has prior state convictions for the sale of cocaine in 2013.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys William S. Hamilton and Hannah J. Nowalk.
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