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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Middle District of Florida
Roger B. Handberg, United States Attorney
For Immediate Release
Thursday, March 28, 2024

Brevard County Man Sentenced to More Than 16 Years for Fentanyl Distribution

Orlando, Florida – U.S. District Judge Wendy W. Berger has sentenced E’Chavion Semaj Flewellen (24, Cocoa) to 16 years and 8 months in federal prison for distribution of 40 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of fentanyl. Flewellen entered a guilty plea on January 4, 2024. 

According to court documents, from June through August 2023, Flewellen distributed fentanyl six times – with one transaction involving cocaine – to a confidential source working for the Drug Enforcement Administration. From these controlled buys, Flewellen was responsible for distributing 27.96 grams of cocaine and 187.24 grams of fentanyl mixtures to the DEA confidential source.

Following Flewellen’s arrest, a search warrant was executed on his residence, during which agents located an additional 14.6 grams of fentanyl, over 50 grams of cocaine, and 263 grams of pure methamphetamine. Additionally, agents located a loaded Shadow Systems 9mm handgun, a loaded Smith & Wesson 9mm handgun, and an unloaded FEG 9mm handgun, as well as hundreds of rounds of ammunition. As part of the plea agreement, Flewellen has agreed to abandon all rights to the handguns and associated ammunition that were seized from his residence.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Melbourne Police Department, the West Melbourne Police Department, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Megan Testerman.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.  On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

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