We are essential, and so are you! Our firm is still open for business and accepting new clients. To protect your safety in response to the threats of COVID-19, we are offering new and current clients the ability to meet with us via telephone or through video conferencing. Please call our office to discuss your options.
Free Consultation

Holiday Man Sentenced To 27 Years In Federal Prison After Pleading Guilty To Fatal Overdose In Pasco County Jail

A Holiday man already in custody after allegedly driving drunk will now spend decades in Federal custody after pleading guilty to providing illicit drugs to several other inmates, including one who died of an overdose.

The 31-year-old man pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute fentanyl leading to serious bodily injury in Federal court late last year. According to investigators, the man first drew the attention of law enforcement after he was spotted passed out in his vehicle in January of last year.

Deputies approached the man and determined that he was intoxicated, noting the presence of an uncapped syringe in the passenger seat and his apparent inability to remain awake. Deputies arrested him and booked him into the Pasco County Jail shortly after, where he was charged with DUI.

Per prison officials, inmates began overdosing on drugs within hours of his arrest. One overdose occurred on January 24, with two following in quick succession. Each of the three inmates to overdose say they witnessed illicit drugs in the defendant's cell, which they say he attempted to dispose of before being discovered.

Prison officials say the drugs he distributed continued to wreak havoc, leading to two more overdoses, one of which was fatal. They say they ultimately found him in possession of fentanyl, methamphetamine, and gabapentin, which they allege he brought into the facility by hiding it in his rectal cavity.

The Boston native ultimately agreed to a plea deal with prosecutors, leading him to enter his plea in November. Last week he was sentenced under the plea to 27 years without parole in Federal prison

The Law Offices of Bjorn Brunvand have been representing people charged with capital murder, felony drug charges, drunk driving, government fraud, and white-collar crimes for over a quarter century. Contact our office today to discuss your Tampa Bay-area state or federal charges.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Member of The Following Legal and Practice Organizations

  • American inns of court
  • norml
  • National association of criminal defense lawyers
  • Clearwater bar association
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Let Us Help You

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Clearwater Office
615 Turner Street
Clearwater, FL 33756

Phone: 727-315-1685
Phone: (727) 446-7505
Fax: 727-446-8147
Clearwater Law Office Map

Tampa Office
1710 N. 19th Street
Unit #210
Tampa, FL 33605

Phone: 727-315-1685
Map & Directions

Please Direct All Correspondence to the Clearwater Office