TAMPA, Fla. – Mark R. Trouville, Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Miami Field Division, and Robert E. O'Neill, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Florida, announced that yesterday a federal jury found Alfredo Coronado (58, Riverview) guilty of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute fifty grams or more of methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute fifty grams or more of methamphetamine. Coronado faces a maximum penalty of life imprisonment in federal prison. His sentencing hearing has not been scheduled. Coronado was indicted in a Superseding Indictment on March 12, 2012.
According to the evidence presented at trial, from early 2011 until his arrest on October 18, 2011, Coronado sold large quantities of methamphetamine from his home, in Riverview, to lower-lever dealers, who would in turn distribute smaller quantities in Lakeland (Polk County), Florida. Coronado, who worked for his nephew, Henry Corona, would receive multiple-ounce quantities of high purity methamphetamine from Corona for purposes of distribution. Corona had previously pled guilty for his role as the Riverview leader of this methamphetamine trafficking ring.
This case was investigated by the DEA Tampa District Office, and Task Force Agents from Polk County Sheriff's Office and the Lakeland Police Department.