Monday, June 14, 2010
Hendry Brothers Arrested In Drug Conspiracy
Believed Responsible For Cocaine Sales In Hendry
LABELLE, FL. -- Two brothers, 29 year old Cesar (pictured) and 23 year old Vincente Fortanel, both of LaBelle were arrested along with 25 other south Florida people indicted earlier this month on Federal charges of conspiracy to deal cocaine and other drug related offenses as part of a national operation takedown called Project Deliverance.
Both have been individually charged with Cocaine possession in Hendry County.
The arrest of the Fortanel Brothers was part of the South Florida investigation started in August 2009 locally known as Operation Mexican Minute. Part of a national operation takedown call Project Deliverance, a 22 month multi-agency law enforcement investigation, Hendry, Palm Beach, and Highlands Counties arrested approximately 19 of the 25 individuals wanted on Federal warrants.
According to a release by the Drug Enforcement Agency, more than 2,200 arrests were made as the result of the 22 month long project. Seizures included 74 tons of illegal drugs, $154 million in cash, numerous vehicles and weapons. Locally, more than 4 ounces of powder cocaine, $18,000 cash and a vehicle were seized by the Hendry County Sheriff�s Office and DEA.
It is believed that the Fortanel brothers are responsible for a large flow of powder cocaine into and through Hendry County.