APR 25 (ORLANDO, Fla.) –Mark R. Trouville, Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Miami Field Division, and A. Lee Bentley, III, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Florida, announced today that Senior U.S. District Judge John Antoon, II sentenced Jorge Luis Alomar-Baello (43, Orlando) to 15 years in federal prison for conspiracy to import heroin. Judge Antoon previously sentenced Alomar’s co-defendant, Carla Michelle Alvarado (34, Kissimmee), to serve two years in prison. As part of their sentences, the court also entered a money judgment against each, in the amount of $10,000, the proceeds of the heroin that they smuggled into the country. Alomar pleaded guilty on December 19, 2013, and Alvarado pleaded guilty on January 3, 2014.
According to court documents, Alomar paid Alvarado, a Jet Blue flight attendant, $10,000 to smuggle heroin, on Jet Blue flights, from Cali, Colombia. In September 2013, Alvarado was given a body suit containing one kilogram of heroin. She wore the suit under her uniform on a flight from Cali to Orlando. When Alvarado arrived in Orlando, she delivered the heroin to Alomar. Alomar then sold it to his customers on the streets.
Two weeks later, on September 27, 2013, after landing on a flight from Bogota, Alvarado was selected for inspection by officers with U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP). The officers discovered the heroin hidden inside the body suit that Alvarado was wearing underneath her uniform. Agents identified Alomar as the intended recipient of the heroin. The next day, agents arranged a meeting with Alomar, who was arrested after taking possession of a bag he believed to contain the heroin.This case was investigated by the DEA and CBP. It was prosecuted by United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida.