Leader of Fentanyl Drug Dealing Gang Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison

Thu, Oct 12, 2023 at 8:00AM

Leader of Fentanyl Drug Dealing Gang Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison


October 11, 2023     


State of Florida v. Javoris Tyrell Edwards


DOB: 01/20/1992

Case Numbers: 2023 303864 CFDB, 2022 304787 CFDB


Leader of Fentanyl Drug Dealing Gang Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison

DAYTONA BEACH – During a hearing this afternoon, defendant Javoris Edwards entered pleas in two different drug cases. He pled no contest to two counts of Trafficking in Fentanyl 28 grams or more, Conspiracy to Traffic in Fentanyl 28 grams or more and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon and was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

These cases were part of Operation Empire, which was an investigation carried out by the Volusia Sheriff’s Office Bureau of Investigation and East Side Volusia Narcotics Task Force with the assistance of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Homeland Security Investigations, Drug Enforcement Administration and the State Attorney’s Office. Edwards was identified as the leader of the fentanyl trafficking organization that operated out of a South Daytona Beach home, which was mixing a dangerous animal tranquilizer, xylazine, into the Fentanyl it was selling.

“A dangerous drug dealer has been removed from the street,” State Attorney R.J. Larizza said about the case. “His days of peddling death are over.”

“It’s a constant fight to investigate, identify and arrest the dealers putting deadly fentanyl out into our community,” Volusia Sheriff Mike Chitwood said. “Today there’s one less of them out there, thanks to the detectives, agents and prosecutors who never give up the fight.”

Assistant State Attorney Dan Jancha successfully prosecuted the case for the state. The Honorable Karen Foxman presided over the case and pronounced sentence.


For more information contact: 

Haley Harrison | Multimedia Specialist/PIO | Office of State Attorney R.J. Larizza, Florida's Seventh Judicial Circuit | SAOPIO@SAO7.org

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