Ten Members of Drug Ring Charged with Distributing Methamphetamine and Cocaine in Miami-area
SEP 1-- Mark R. Trouville, Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Miami Field Division, R. Alexander Acosta, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and Robert Parker, Director, Miami-Dade Police Department, announced that ten individuals, Jorge Mesquida, Roberto Torrens, Roberto Hernandez, Giannis Bernardo, Robert Mures, Jorge Luis Santana-Lopez, Kaleb Gonzalez, Jorge Martinez, Yuneisi Portas Gonzalez and Alfredo Marquez, have been charged in a thirteen count indictment with conspiracy, possession and distribution of various narcotic drugs, including methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana. The charges against these individuals stems from a joint investigation between the DEA Miami Field Division and the Miami-Dade Police Department.
Among other charges, Mesquida, Torrens, Hernandez, Bernardo, Mures, Santana-Lopez, Gonzalez, Portas Gonzalez and Marquez are charged with conspiring to posses with intent to distribute methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana from April 2004 through August 2004. Defendants Mesquida and Portes Gonzalez are also charged with distribution of methamphetamine.
"Violent drug offenders will not be allowed to prey on our neighborhoods with impunity. These traffickers who distributed death and despair in the form of methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana are out of business today. They will not be allowed to infect our communities," said DEA Special Agent in Charge, Mark R. Trouville. "This case was successful because of the hard work and dedication of federal and local agents and officers. I would like to commend the Miami-Dade Police Department and the United States Attorney's Office. These joint efforts will continue."
United States Attorney Acosta stated, "Fighting the danger of meth is a top U.S. Attorney's Office priority. We stand absolutely committed to using all of our resources to rid the community of this poison, and to act proactively to prevent meth trafficking and production from becoming embedded in south Florida neighborhoods." Mr. Acosta commended the DEA Miami Field Division and the Miami-Dade Police Department for their cooperative investigative efforts in this Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force case.
Miami-Dade Police Director Robert Parker added, "Today's indictment is a successful strike against the proliferation of drugs in our community. It is also an example of the success we can have when federal, state and local law enforcement join together to fight the war on drugs."