For Immediate Release
St. Petersburg Cocaine Trafficker Sentenced to More Than 9 Years’ Imprisonment
Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge Steven D. Merryday today sentenced Mario D. Heatly (39, St. Petersburg) to nine years and four months years in federal prison for possessing 500 grams or more of cocaine with the intent to distribute it.
Heatly had pleaded guilty on September 26, 2019.
According to court documents, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at a storage unit that Heatly had been using and recovered almost a kilogram of cocaine, more than $16,000, a scale, and plastic bags. Subsequently, Heatly was arrested at a different storage unit. This unit also contained almost a kilogram of cocaine, scales, and plastic bags.
This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the St. Petersburg Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Callan Albritton.
This investigation is also the result of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) program. The principal mission of the OCDETF program is to identify, disrupt, and dismantle the most serious drug trafficking and money laundering organizations and those primarily responsible for the nation’s drug supply.