Fort Myers men indicted for drug trafficking conspiracy, killing an informant

Writer: Derrick Shaw
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Two Fort Myers men have been indicted Friday for a drug trafficking conspiracy that included the killing of an informant.

According to the indictment, from approximately 1996 to November 2018, Robert Lee Ward, 40, and Dalton Kelvin McGriff, 49, conspired with others to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine in Florida. The conspirators sold cocaine in and around Fort Myers, Panama City and elsewhere, and killed or threatened to kill suspected informants in furtherance of the conspiracy, the release said. The indictment also alleges that Ward aided in the killing of a confidential informant on January 7, 2013, in Fort Myers.

Ward is charged with conspiracy to distribute cocaine and tampering with an informant by killing him. McGriff is charged with conspiracy to distribute cocaine, according to the DOJ.

The drug conspiracy charge is punishable by a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years, and up to life, in federal prison. The tampering with an informant by killing offense is punishable by a maximum sentence of life imprisonment or death. The Justice Department will later determine if it will seek the death penalty in this particular case.

This case was investigated by the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, and the Fort Myers Police Department. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Michael Sinacore and Christopher Murray.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that has been successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. In the Middle District of Florida, U.S. Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez coordinates PSN efforts in cooperation with various federal, state, and local law enforcement officials.

This investigation is also the result of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) program. 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.

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