For Immediate Release
Four Indicted For St. Petersburg Drug Conspiracy
Tampa, Florida –United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces the unsealing of an indictment charging Eric L. Lemon (44, New Port Richey), Eric Lekent Lemon, Jr. (20, St. Petersburg), Dominic Giannantonio (46, St. Petersburg), and Tryon Metteria Byrd IV (43, St. Petersburg) with conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and cocaine. If convicted on all counts, Lemon and Giannantonio face mandatory minimum penalties of 10 years, up to life, in federal prison. If convicted on all counts, Lemon, Jr., and Byrd face a maximum penalty of 20 years’ imprisonment.
According to the indictment and statements made by prosecutors in open court, the defendants were operating a drug trafficking ring in St. Petersburg, Florida, where they would sell narcotics out of various residential homes. During the course of the investigation, the defendants sold methamphetamine, powder cocaine, and crack cocaine to undercover agents.
An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed one or more violations of federal criminal law, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.
This case was investigated by the St. Petersburg Police Department and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David P. Sullivan.