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Case Number: 1:20-cr-00048-HSO-JCG
Judge: Halil S. Ozerden
Court: United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi (Harrison County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office
Description: Gulfport, Mississippi criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine.
Antony Daniel Abreu, 33, of Queens, New York, and Darrell Young, 47, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, arranged to purchase 17 kilos of cocaine from an individual in Gulfport. The defendants shipped a car from Philadelphia that contained a hidden compartment in the trunk in which they hid cash. At the time of their arrest on April 20, 2020, the defendants were staying in an AirBnB rental in Gulfport where law enforcement found saran wrap, duct tape, dryer sheets and other materials for packing the cocaine. Overall, law enforcement seized over $200,000 as part of this operation. Prosecutors utilized phone dumps from 8 different seized cell phones along with recorded phone calls to show the conspiracy stretched as far as the Dominican Republic.
Abreu and Young are scheduled to be sentenced on November 4, 2020. Each faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
Acting United States Attorney Darren J. LaMarca commented, “Thanks to the efforts of the agents of Homeland Security Investigations and the officers of the Harrison County Sheriff’s office, these major drug dealers are out of circulation. They will no longer peddle poison throughout the nation.”
The case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations and the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jonathan Buckner and Annette Williams prosecuted the case.
CONSPIRACY TO POSSESS WITH INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE
ATTEMPT TO POSSESS WITH INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE (AIDING & ABETTING)
Outcome: 07/27/2021 Minute Entry for proceedings held before District Judge Halil S. Ozerden: Jury Trial resumed on 7/27/2021 at 9:00 a.m. Court charged the jury. Parties presented closing arguments. Jury retired to deliberate. Jury returned a verdict of Guilty as to Defendant Antony Daniel Abreu on Counts 1 and 2. Jury returned a verdict of Guilty as to Defendant Darrell Young on Counts 1 and 2. Court proceeded to forfeiture phase. Parties presented evidence and Court charged the jury as to forfeiture. Parties waived any further argument. Jury retired to deliberate. Jury returned a verdict forfeiting all items to the Government. Sentencing set for November 4, 2021, at 9:30 a.m. for Defendant Antony Daniel Abreu and November 4, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. for Defendant Darrell Young. Defendants remanded to custody of U.S. Marshal pending sentencing. Trial adjourned at 7:40 p.m.. (Court Reporter T. Norton (228) 563-1780). (ALS) (Entered: 07/27/2021)
07/27/2021 192 COURT'S EXHIBIT LIST. (ALS) (Entered: 07/28/2021)
07/27/2021 193 DEFENDANT ANTONY DANIEL ABREU'S EXHIBIT LIST. (ALS) (Entered: 07/28/2021)
07/27/2021 195 GOVERNMENT'S EXHIBIT LIST. (ALS) (Entered: 07/28/2021)
07/27/2021 198 JURY VERDICT (REDACTED) as to Antony Daniel Abreu (1) [Guilty on Counts 1 and 2] and Darrell Young (3) [Guilty on Counts 1 and 2]. (ALS) (Entered: 07/28/2021)
07/27/2021 199 *RESTRICTED* JURY VERDICT (UN-REDACTED). (ALS) (Entered: 07/28/2021)
07/27/2021 200 SPECIAL JURY VERDICT (REDACTED). (ALS) (Entered: 07/28/2021)
07/27/2021 201 *RESTRICTED* JURY VERDICT (UN-REDACTED). (ALS) (Entered: 07/28/2021)