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Drug Ring Involving U.S. Attorney’s Office Employee Busted

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(Source: Jasmine Kripalani/CBS4)

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Eight South Floridians, including a legal assistant for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Miami, were arrested Friday for their alleged roles in a cocaine and oxycodone trafficking conspiracy.

According to the Justice Department, Andre Barbary, 36, Scott Barnes, 40, Kim Carswell, 34, Willie Hartfield, 54, Nathaniel Holt, 55, Tamika Jasper-Barbary, 36, Robert Lespinasse, 34, Monica Lewis, 31, all from the Fort Lauderdale and Miami areas; and Robert Jackson, 24, of the Fort Myers area, were involved in a conspiracy to distribute large amounts cocaine and oxycodone.

Jaspar-Barbary is a legal assistant in the Grand Jury Suite of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern Distrcit of Florida in Miami.

She also faces charges of obstruction of justice during a federal grand jury proceeding.

The defendants are also charged with conspiring to use telephone facilities to carry out the drug trafficking offense.

The charges come from a joint investigation involving the DEA, FBI, and multiple other local law enforcement agencies.

Because the case involved someone in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Miami; the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Pensacola will lead the investigation and prosecution of the case.

If convicted, the defendants face up to life in prison.

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