Lee County Sheriff's Office Press Release: LCSO & U.S. Attorney's Office hold drug dealer responsible for overdose deaths

August 7, 2019
A joint investigation between the Lee County Sheriff’s Office and the United States Attorney’s Office resulted in the federal conviction of drug dealer Gregory Thomas Apicella (DOB 4/05/1965).   The investigation linked Apicella to two local Fentanyl-related overdose deaths.  Apicella is a criminal registrant with a lengthy history of drug sales.
As per U.S. Code Title 21 § 841, drug dealers linked to “death or serious bodily injury” are subject to severe sentencing minimums.   Apicella was sentenced to a total of 292 months for two (2) counts of Distribution of a Controlled Substance (fentanyl) Resulting in Death, one (1) count of Distribution of a Controlled Substance (fentanyl and methamphetamine) and one (1) count of Possession with the Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance (fentanyl).
Sheriff Carmine Marceno was incredibly pleased when told of the outcome of the case.  “Our team worked hard, alongside the U.S. Attorney, to take this career-drug-dealer off the streets of Lee County.  I couldn’t be more proud of my team” stated Sheriff Carmine Marceno.  “My message to drug dealers selling poison in our community is this …you will be caught, and you will be arrested, and we have a jail cell waiting for you.”