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Drug trafficking conviction leads to long-term prison sentence for Tallahassee man

Tallahassee, Florida – Ennis Alexander Andrews, a 44-year-old man from Tallahassee, Florida, has been sentenced to 22 years (264 months) in federal prison for his involvement in drug trafficking, specifically dealing in a substance commonly known as “alpha-PVP” or “Molly.”

Efforts to Combat Drug Trafficking

The United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, Jason R. Coody, emphasized the commitment of local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies to eliminate harmful controlled substances from communities. “Our local, state, and federal law enforcement partners work tirelessly to keep us safe by removing addictive and deadly controlled substances from our communities,” stated U.S. Attorney Coody. He continued to affirm the dedication to supporting these efforts through vigorous investigation and prosecution of offenders.

In the months of August through October 2022, law enforcement conducted multiple controlled purchases of Molly from Andrews. Following these operations, arrest warrants were issued. When officers attempted to arrest Andrews on October 13, 2022, he fled but was quickly detained. At the time of his arrest, several ounces of the drug were discovered on his person.

Impact on Community and Law Enforcement Collaboration

Chief of Police Lawrence Revell of the Tallahassee Police Department highlighted the link between drug trafficking and violent crime, noting the adverse effects on community safety and quality of life. “These dedicated efforts by investigators and the prosecution team highlight our shared commitment to addressing illegal drug activity in our community,” Chief Revell said.

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Andrews was on federal supervised release following a previous prison term at the time of these offenses, having been released in July 2022. His current sentence will be followed by an additional six years of supervised release.

Unified Efforts Yield Success

Special Agent in Charge Deanne L. Reuter of the DEA Miami Field Division praised the collaboration between the DEA and local law enforcement. “Collaborations between our DEA agents and local law enforcement are critical to mission success,” said Reuter. She commended the joint efforts that are crucial in removing dangerous drugs from the streets.

The case against Andrews was the result of a collaborative investigation by the Tallahassee Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Eric K. Mountin.

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