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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Middle District of Florida

For Immediate Release

Friday, October 11, 2019
Maria Chapa Lopez
, United States Attorney
Contact: William Daniels

Orlando Large-Scale Drug Trafficker Sentenced to Ten Years in Federal Prison

Orlando, Florida – U.S. District Judge Gregory A. Presnell has sentenced Sebastian Denton Zayas (30, Orlando) to 10 years and 10 months in federal prison for possession with the intent to distribute cocaine. 

Denton had pleaded guilty on July 22, 2019.

According to court documents and statements made during today’s sentencing hearing, in May 2019, Denton possessed with the intent to distribute approximately 170 kilograms of cocaine, which was delivered to him by mail. In addition, in June 2019, Denton received another mail delivery of three packages that contained approximately 190 kilograms of cocaine. 

“This investigation is a great example ATF’s broad investigative expertise,” said ATF Special Agent in Charge Daryl McCrary. “While working with our partners at DEA, this case severely impacted drug trafficking in our continued efforts to protect the public.”

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Drug Enforcement Administration. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Emily C. L. Chang.


Tampa Field Division