Cocaine Trafficking and Coded Calls Leads to Prison Sentence
Carl Anacreon, 36, of Miami Beach was sentenced to 20 years in prison for Trafficking in Cocaine (400 Grams or more) and 5 years in prison to be served concurrent for one charge of Failure to Appear.
The crime occurred in March 2017 when deputies from the Collier County Sheriff’s Office stopped Anacreon’s car while he was driving on Interstate 75 for what appeared to be illegal window tint. After deputies verified that the tint was illegal, one of their K-9’s alerted to narcotics in the vehicle. During a search of the car deputies located a brick of cocaine wrapped in plastic and inside a cloth bag in the trunk. The cocaine weighed 990 grams.
Following his arrest the defendant did not admit to any crimes but began making phone calls from the Collier County Jail to friends and family speaking in code. It was discovered that in his coded language during four calls he actually described part of the crime including his “stash” being found by law enforcement.
In April the defendant was scheduled for a jury trial in Collier but failed to appear in court. He was later located and arrested by the Broward County Sheriff’s Office at the Miami Airport boarding a plane to Jamaica. It is then that he was charged with Failure to Appear by our office.
He was scheduled again yesterday for his trial to begin when he decided to enter an open plea to the court. A defendant has the choice to plea to the crime straight to the judge for sentencing without a trial. On top of the prison sentence he has to pay a $250,000 fine for the trafficking charge. Assistant State Attorneys Kate Rumley and Deanna Vella handled the case.
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