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01/29/2012
Tampa, FL
Narcotics
Two Florida men, Chester John Floyd and Pedro Lazaro Rodriguez, were convicted Monday on charges of conspiracy to distribute cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana following an investigation by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
02/21/2012
Tampa, FL
Narcotics
A Colombian man, Neiser Guerrero-Jimenez, was sentenced to 235 months in federal prison for conspiring with others to possess with intent to distribute five or more kilograms of cocaine onboard vessels subject to the jurisdiction of the United States. An investigation by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force's (OCDETF's) Panama Express...
03/06/2012
Tampa, FL
Narcotics
A Colombian man, Marcos Salazar Obregon, was sentenced Thursday to 14 years in federal prison for his role as a crew member of a vessel that smuggled approximately 6,700 kilograms of cocaine in the Caribbean Sea. An investigation by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force's (OCDETF's) Panama Express Strike Force...
06/18/2014
Tampa, FL
Narcotics
Alex Gonzalez-Arango, 39, of Buenaventura, Colombia, pleaded guilty March 11, 2014. "This case exemplifies the strong relationship between federal agencies in the central Florida region, working together to increase the safety of our citizens," said Susan L. McCormick, special agent in charge of HSI Tampa.
09/25/2012
Tampa, FL
Narcotics
Arianne Rodriguez was sentenced to 78 months in federal prison Tuesday for conspiring to possess with intent to distribute 100 kilograms or more of marijuana and possession with intent to distribute 100 kilograms or more of marijuana.
07/31/2014
Tampa, FL
Narcotics
According cellular phone records obtained in the case, Maximilano Reynoso, 39, of Winter Haven, was in direct contact with methamphetamine sources of supply in Mexico. Reynoso's co-defendant, Gerardo Millian, 29, of Auburndale, was sentenced to 77 months in federal prison April 24.
08/22/2012
Tampa, FL
Narcotics
A federal jury found a Colombian man guilty Wednesday of three drug conspiracy charges. He faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a maximum penalty of life in prison for two of the conspiracy charges and a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison for the third charge.
10/30/2011
Tampa, FL
Narcotics
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The Panama Express Strike Force took custody of 8,963 kilograms (19,720 pounds) of cocaine from a submerged drug smuggling vessel in a case being investigated by the team of investigators, which includes special agents from U.S. ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
03/29/2011
Tampa, FL
Narcotics
An indicted was unsealed in federal court Wednesday, charging Juan Alberto Ortiz-Lopez, 41, of San Marcos, Guatemala, with federal drug trafficking offenses. Ortiz-Lopez's indictment was obtained following a long-term investigation by the Operation Panama Express (PANEX) Task Force, which is a multi-agency task force targeting large scale drug...
07/27/2014
Tampa, FL
Narcotics
According to court documents, from 2003 until January 2005, Luis Alberto Urrego-Contreras acquired private aircraft and pilots on behalf of Colombian cocaine trafficker Fabio Enrique Ochoa-Vasco for the purpose of transporting cocaine from Colombia to Mexico. The cocaine was later imported into the United States for distribution by Ochoa-Vasco.
03/21/2018
Toledo, OH
Narcotics
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The seizure comes days after ICE and Ohio officials announced that HSI special agents had trained more than 300 law enforcement personnel in the state on dark net and virtual currency, which is increasingly how synthetic opioids are purchased.

09/07/2011
Toms River, NJ
Narcotics
Widchard Jilus of Elizabeth, N.J., and Denise Jordan of Lakewood, N.J were arrested Thursday on drug possession and distribution charges following an investigation by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office Special Operations Group.
08/16/2011
Trenton, NJ
Narcotics
A Massachusetts couple was sentenced Wednesday to more than seven years in prison for traveling to Newark, N.J., to obtain and distribute approximately 17 kilos of cocaine.
06/01/2015
Trenton, NJ
Narcotics
Luke Atwell, 34, of Hamilton, New Jersey, and Christopher Castelluzzo, 30, of Bayonne, New Jersey, were convicted on one count each of conspiracy to distribute or possess with intent to distribute methylone, cocaine, MDMA, and marijuana.
06/20/2018
Trenton, NJ
Narcotics
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Gabriel Acosta Villa, 29, of Lake Forest, California, and Oscar Perez Jr., 23, of Santa Ana, California, are both charged by complaint with one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin.

01/10/2013
Trenton, NJ
Narcotics
Thirty-six individuals - including two top leaders and six upper-level managers - have been indicted as alleged participants in a major narcotics network with ties to the Netas street gang.
06/29/2017
Tucson, AZ
Narcotics

Among the Tucson residents taken into custody Tuesday was the organization’s alleged ringleader, Sean Player Dixon, 43. Also arrested were Ricky Manning Jr., 36; Jeneayi Manning Qualls, 34; Raymond Pro, 40; Makayla Bower, 23; Anthony Torres, 43 and; Jennifer Estrada, 39.

07/29/2016
Tucson, AZ
Narcotics
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During the day’s enforcement actions, investigators seized approximately 600 pounds of synthetic cannabinoids and dismantled a possible spice lab. Investigators also seized several luxury vehicles and over $350,000 in cash.

03/27/2012
Tucson, AZ
Narcotics
"Javier Hernandez-Ramirez and Edgardo Alvarez-Mendivil, two Mexican ""border bandits"" caught carrying an assault rifle in the mountains of southern Arizona, were each sentenced to five years in federal prison Tuesday on charges stemming from a probe by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Nogales with assistance from the U.S. Border Patrol..."
02/18/2016
Tucson, AZ
Narcotics
Johnny Acosta, 38, of Douglas, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Cindy K. Jorgenson to felony charges of conspiracy to import more than 1,000 kilograms of marijuana and accepting bribes as a public official.
03/08/2016
Tucson, AZ
Narcotics
The arrests, which occurred Thursday, are the latest development in a long-term investigation launched in 2014 targeting a drug trafficking organization allegedly spearheaded by Erick Erives, the son of current DEA fugitive Ignacio Alfredo Erives-Martinez.
07/06/2011
Tucson, AZ
Narcotics
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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents seized 850 pounds of marijuana in Tucson Tuesday night at a local equipment sales business.
07/18/2017
Tucson, AZ
Narcotics
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Among the Tucson residents taken into custody Monday was the organization’s alleged ringleader, Rene Marcos Vera, 44. Also arrested were Raquel Ann Stansberry, 35; Cesar Diaz German, 50; Rosella Maria DeLeon, 58; Richard Andrew Leon, 38; Rene Marcos Vera II, 22. Tawney Waner, 31, a resident of Las Vegas and Joseph Sorce, 41, were both arrested in Chicago.

02/11/2015
Tucson, AZ
Narcotics
Joel Sesma-Garcia, 40, was sentenced Feb. 10 and Gerald Fidel Herrera, 41, was sentenced Jan. 30 by U.S. District Judge Jennifer G. Zipps. Judge Zipps ordered Sesma-Garcia to serve a term of 25 years, while Herrera received a 15-year sentence. According to investigators, the cocaine trafficking ring operated from 2008 to 2012.

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