Santonio Juvon Jackson, 35, was convicted of two counts that each carry a 10 year minimum mandatory sentence and potential for a life sentence. Sentencing has not yet been set.

An Ocala man was convicted Wednesday by a federal jury on drug-related charges that could place him in federal prison for the rest of his life.

Santonio Juvon Jackson, 35, was convicted of possession with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin and conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin. Each count carries a 10 year minimum mandatory sentence and potential for a life sentence.

Jackson was observed by U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents delivering 168 grams of heroin to a confidential source in October 2017, according to court documents. Jackson made the drop at a residence in Marion Oaks. He removed a package from what agents described as a “magnetic box” and placed it in the back of the confidential source’s vehicle.

Once Jackson drove off, agents tested the substance in the package and results came back positive for heroin, according to the documents.

A few days later, the agents set up surveillance in front of an undisclosed restaurant where the confidential source had made plans with Jackson to meet to pay $5,000 toward the full amount owed for the heroin.

A black Audi pulled up next to the source’s car and the source handed over a package with the $5,000 inside. He later told agents he handed the money over to a man Jackson had asked to take over operations in Ocala, according to the documents.

Jackson was indicted on the charges in December 2017, according to a Department of Justice news release.

No sentencing date has yet been set.

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