Florida AG Announces 27-Year Sentence for Tampa Bay Fentanyl Trafficker
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Florida AG Announces 27-Year Sentence for Tampa Bay Fentanyl Trafficker

The head of a narcotics trafficking group that brought significant amounts of fentanyl into Florida, Robert Cox, was given a 27-year prison term.

After an investigation in which the Florida Highway Patrol discovered more than 306 grams of fentanyl in Cox’s car, Attorney General Ashley Moody’s Office of Statewide Prosecution was able to get the punishment.

“This ringleader of a drug-trafficking organization transported and supplied enough fentanyl to kill more than 150,000 people. Floridians, please know illicit fentanyl is extremely potent, just 2 milligrams is a lethal dose, and this poison is killing more than 70,000 Americans every year,” Moody stated.

Following a cooperative inquiry by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Tampa Police Department, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, and Homeland Security Investigations, Robert Cox—a pivotal figure in a Tampa Bay fentanyl trafficking ring—was apprehended and sentenced to 27 years in prison.

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Cox was successfully bought off by undercover investigators on several occasions, which eventually resulted in a traffic check in Sumter County when more than 306 grams of fentanyl were found in his car.

“I am grateful for our law enforcement partners’ strong interdiction efforts in this case and to our Statewide Prosecutors for securing a 27-year prison sentence,” Moody stated.


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