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Former Member of Liberty City Seven Charged in Federal Court for Drug Distribution

U.S. Attorney’s Office August 15, 2013
  • Middle District of Florida (813) 274-6000

FORT MYERS, FL—Acting United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces the arrest of Burson J. Augustin (29, Fort Myers) for distribution of cocaine. If convicted, Augustin faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $1 million. Bursin was charged by criminal complaint on August 15, 2013.

According to the complaint, on August 7, 2013, Augustin sold approximately 29 grams of cocaine to a confidential informant working with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office for $1,200. The complaint also states that Augustin was previously arrested as a member of the Liberty City Seven, in 2006, for conspiracy and providing material support to terrorism related to a plot to blow up the Sears Tower in Chicago. For that offense, he was convicted and sentenced to six years in federal prison, followed by 10 years of supervised release. At the time of this offense, Augustin was on supervised release. He was released from prison on September 21, 2012. A criminal complaint is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed a violation of the federal criminal laws, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.

This case was investigated by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jeffrey F. Michelland.