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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Middle District of Florida

For Immediate Release

May 17, 2013

Robert E. O’Neill, United States Attorney

Contact: William Daniels
(813) 274-6388

Tampa Man Found Guilty of Drug Conspiracy

Tampa, FL — U.S. Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announces that a federal jury yesterday found Eugene E. Davis (39, Tampa) guilty of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine and conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute 280 grams or more of crack cocaine. Based on his prior felony drug convictions, Davis faces a mandatory minimum term of life imprisonment. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for August 5, 2013. Davis was indicted on October 18, 2012.

According to testimony and evidence presented at trial, Davis engaged in a year-long conspiracy with others to distribute hundreds of kilograms of cocaine and crack cocaine in Hillsborough County. Davis, a prolific crack dealer, was known for purchasing multiple kilograms of cocaine and cooking it into crack cocaine. Additionally, he was often described as "flashy and flamboyant," because he used his drug proceeds to fund an extravagant lifestyle with high-end cars, expensive jewelry, and thousands of dollars in cash.

This case was the result of a comprehensive and dedicated effort by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives, Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation, Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, and the Tampa Police Department, as part of an on-going Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation. 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. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Shauna S. Hale.