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07/28/2014
Tampa, FL
Narcotics
According to court documents, between 2010 and 2013, Vinston Boxton-Moises, 49, of San Andres Island, Colombia, was documented as having dispatched approximately 7.7 tons of cocaine on go-fast vessels (GFVs) ultimately destined for the United States and was a knowing and willing participant in an ongoing plan to smuggle cocaine by sea.
01/26/2012
Tampa, FL
Narcotics
The final member of a maritime cocaine smuggling organization, Elias Estupinan Rengifo from Colombia, was sentenced to more than 11 years imprisonment Friday following an investigation by the Panama Express Strike Force South, which includes ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
09/22/2013
Tampa, FL
Narcotics
A federal jury found a Guatemalan woman, Alma Lucrecia Hernandez-Preciado, guilty of smuggling drugs Friday in violation of the Maritime Drug Law Enforcement Act.
05/06/2013
Tampa, FL
Narcotics
Scott Eargood and Santos Zamora-Escobar were indicted Tuesday on drug charges related to their possession of more than 110 pounds of methamphetamine.
02/05/2013
Tampa, FL
Narcotics
The arrests were part of an investigation dubbed Operation Wooley Swamp.
11/20/2013
Tampa, FL
Narcotics
A federal jury found two drug traffickers guilty Thursday on two counts of violating the U.S. Maritime Drug Law Enforcement Act.
09/25/2013
Tampa, FL
Narcotics
Camilo Torres-Martinez pleaded guilty Wednesday to three counts of conspiracy to traffic more than five kilograms of cocaine while onboard a vessel subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, including importing, manufacturing and possessing the drug with intent to distribute.
01/15/2015
Tampa, FL
Narcotics
Mario Manzur Reyes, 31, of Tampa, was sentenced to five years and ten months in federal prison and Santos Rene Herrera-Cruz, 50, of Tampa was sentenced to ten years’ imprisonment.
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...
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.
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.
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.
06/06/2012
Statesville, NC
Narcotics
Gary Richard Lackey was sentenced in federal court June 6 to 10 years in federal prison following an investigation by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). In February 2011, law enforcement officers seized more than 400 pounds of marijuana from Lackey's residence and his business.
05/07/2013
Statesville, NC
Narcotics
Norberto Rivera Aguilar, 26, of Mexico, pleaded guilty one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and methamphetamine.
06/27/2011
St. Thomas, VI
Narcotics
About 531 kilograms (1168 pounds) of cocaine with a street value of $16 million was seized from a St. Thomas residence on Monday by U.S. ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the U.S. Virgin Islands Police Department (USVIPD). In addition to the cocaine, ICE HSI special agents and USVIPD officers also seized two automatic pistols.
12/08/2015
St. Paul, MN
Enforcement and Removal
Malam Mane Sanha was sentenced May 22 to 36 months imprisonment following a guilty plea for conspiracy to commit narco-terrorism; conspiracy to import cocaine into the United States; conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization, specifically the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC); and conspiracy to acquire and transfer anti-aircraft missiles.
02/19/2016
St. Louis, MO
Narcotics
Anwer Rao, 36, and Michael Lentsch, 36, both from of O’Fallon, Illinois, were each sentenced to 150 months in prison on numerous counts related to conspiracy to sell synthetic drugs, commonly known as “bath salts.”
06/17/2014
St. Louis, MO
Narcotics
The manufacture of synthetic drugs is a recent development designed to circumvent traditional drug laws. This is done by creating new chemical compounds that mimic the effects of drugs like marijuana and cocaine but purport to avoid the classification of a controlled substance because of a chemical alteration. Synthetic drugs are most frequently marketed as legitimate products and sold in typical commercial outlets such as convenience stores and gas stations.

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