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Partnership Policing Communications Coordinator (PIO)
Genevieve Judge
Desk Phone: 941-954-7094
Fax: 941-954-7034
Genevieve.Judge@SarasotaFL.gov

Sarasota Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Federal Prison for Drug Trafficking

Post Date:12/11/2018 2:51 PM

Beginning in early 2018, the Sarasota Police Department, working in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), began an investigation into a drug trafficking organization being operated by Aquiles S. Lee, 37, of Sarasota.  Lee was identified as a large-scale distributor of illegal narcotics, specifically Rock Cocaine, in the City of Sarasota. 

Lee was indicted by a Grand Jury on February 22, 2018 for (3) three counts of Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine Base.  Lee was subsequently arrested on March 6, 2018 and a search warrant was executed at his home, 5132 David Avenue, Sarasota.  Seized as a result of the investigation were:

  • Five (5) handguns
  • One AK 47 assault rifle
  • One Mac 10 submachine gun
  • Hundreds of rounds of varying ammunition
  • More than $33,000 in U.S. currency
  • Two (2) vehicles
  • Approximately 150 grams of rock Cocaine

On May 24, 2018, as a result of the arrest and the search warrant, a Grand Jury handed down a superseding indictment charging Lee with:

  • Three (3) counts of Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine Base
  • Possession with Intent to distribute Cocaine Base (over 28 grams)
  • Possession of a Firearm in the Furtherance of a Drug Crime
  • Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon

On December 6, 2018, Lee was sentenced in the Middle District of Florida by Honorable Judge James Whittemore to 15 years in federal prison followed by 5 years of supervised release.  This case was prosecuted with the assistance of Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric Gerard.

Lee has 37 prior felony charges and 7 prior convictions for various criminal charges including Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Aggravated Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer, Possession of Cocaine, Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer, Fleeing to Elude and Trafficking in Cocaine.
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