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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Southern District of Florida
Markenzy Lapointe, United States Attorney
For Immediate Release
Tuesday, December 19, 2023

Lead Defendant in OCDETF Operation Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison

MIAMI — A Palm Beach County resident was sentenced to prison after having been convicted by a federal jury of participating in a fentanyl trafficking conspiracy.

Belas Shelson Rosier, of Greenacres, was sentenced today to 15 years in federal prison, to be followed by five years of supervised release, by U.S. District Judge Aileen M. Cannon. Rosier was convicted at trial of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute over 400 grams of fentanyl and possession with intent to distribute over 400 grams of fentanyl, in addition to fentanyl analogs and cocaine.

According to court documents, the investigation into Rosier was initiated, by federal and local investigators, based on evidence recovered during the successful prosecution of one of Rosier’s long-term street level fentanyl and cocaine distributors. The evidence presented at trial established that Rosier was responsible for the distribution of at least six kilograms of fentanyl during the time period of Oct. 4, 2021 through March 9, 2022, alone. During the investigation, federal agents seized and administratively forfeited over $50,000 in cash and $50,000 in jewelry that had been recovered from Rosier’s possession.

U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida Markenzy Lapointe; Special Agent in Charge Anthony Salisbury of Homeland Security Investigations, Miami; Christopher A. Robinson, Special Agent in Charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Miami Field Division; Frank Adderly, Chief of Police, West Palm Beach Police Department (WPBPD); and Ric L. Bradshaw, Sheriff, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office (PBSO) made the announcement.

HSI Miami and ATF Miami Field Office investigated this case jointly with their local partners from WPBPD and PBSO. AUSA John McMillan prosecuted this case. Assistant U.S. Attorney William Zloch handled asset forfeiture.

This case was part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) operation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts and dismantles the highest-level criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven multi-agency approach.


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