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Grand Jury Aide, Tamika Jasper-Barbary and 8 others including her husband, Andre Barbary charged with drug conspiracy and a host of other charges


Tamika Jasper-Barbary, 36, of Hollywood and legal assistant for the Federal Prosecutors in Miami, worked with grand juries impaneled by the U.S. Attorney’ Office in Miami, was arrested on alleged drug conspiracy charges and accused of tipping off her fellow, suspected narcotics traffickers about a witness who was going to testify to the secretive federal panel about their activities.

Jasper-Barbary was also charged with “ obstruction of justice ” for allegedly disclosing that the witness, identified by the initials L.B., “was likely to provide information to the grand jury” in late November, according to the indictment.

Jasper-Barbary involvement and subsequent arrest sent shock waves through the U.S. Attorney’s Office, whose employees had no choice but to recuse themselves from the prosecution.

The case assigned to U.S. District Judge Robert Scola, will be prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Pensacola by a former veteran prosecutor who headed the Narcotics and Counterterrorism sections of the U.S. Attorney’s Office said the allegations are extremely serious.

Also charged along with Jasper-Barbary are her husband, Andre Barbary, 36; Scott Barnes, 40; Kim Carswell, 34; Willie Hartfield, 54; Nathaniel Holt, 55; Robert Lespinasse, 34; and Monica Lewis, 31; all from Miami-Dade and Broward counties and Robert Jackson, 24; of Fort Meyers, was also charged.

The defendants were also charged with conspiring to use telephone facilities to carry out the trafficking plot.

The investigation was a joint venture by the Drug Enforcement Administration, FBI and several local law enforcement agencies.

If convicted each faces up to life in prison. Stay tuned for the latest updates.

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January 15, 2012 - Posted by | Eye on Justice | , , , , , , , , ,

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