Ocala, Florida – United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces that De’Andre Swain (26, Ocala) today pleaded guilty to possession of controlled substances (fentanyl, methamphetamine, and heroin) with the intent to distribute them. Swain faces a minimum mandatory sentence of 5 years, up to 40 years, in federal prison. Swain had been indicted on May 24, 2022.
According to court documents, on April 22, 2020, Swain and an accomplice led police on a high-speed car chase through the City of Ocala. After crashing their vehicle, Swain and his accomplice fled on foot. Swain was apprehended by police after a brief pursuit. Officers found a discarded leather bag nearby containing more than $36,000 in cash, a cellphone, 197.56 grams of fentanyl powder, and more than 60 grams of a mixture of fentanyl, heroin, and methamphetamine. All of the drugs were intended for distribution. A forensic analysis of the cellphone revealed that Swain was the owner of both the phone and the leather bag containing the drugs.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Ocala Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney William S. Hamilton.