Thursday, November 13, 2014

13 Arrested In Drug Trafficking Conspiracy

NAPLES, FL. -- The Collier County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration today announced the arrests of 13 individuals involved in a drug trafficking conspiracy that spanned decades in South Florida. The Collier County Sheriff's Office initiated the investigation. During which, detectives seized or purchased more than 13 kilograms of cocaine, with a street value of $442,000. The defendants allegedly conspired to traffic approximately 30 kilograms of cocaine with a street value of approximately $1.02 million.

Arrests have been made in Dade, Collier and Lee counties, and residences and vehicles were searched based on K-9 alerts, consent and search warrants. Detectives today seized approximately 10 ounces of cocaine with a street value of $13,000, approximately six pounds of high-grade marijuana with a street value of $18,000, approximately 14.46 ounces of methamphetamine with a street value $15,000, 6.5 grams of Xanax, four vehicles, two handguns and more than $40,000 in U.S. currency. Some individuals connected to the organization have yet to be located and their warrants will remain active until they are apprehended.

The following defendants participated in the Drug Trafficking Organization:
· Orlando Daniel Avalos
· Nicolo Busi
· Erlin Y. Carrasco
· Jose Miguel Diaz
· Francisco Gato Jr.
· Jonny Gonzalez-Tia
· Enrique Henry Lesende
· Jeronimo Mendez-Cruz
· Cristopher Thomas Ocampo
· Juan Rafael Ramos
· Tomas E. Ruiz-Serrano
· Fredrico Solis-Contreras
· Joel Melqui Vanegas

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