Broward Defendants Sentenced on Cocaine and Structuring Charges
SEP 16 -- MIAMI - Mark R. Trouville, Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration, Jeffrey H. Sloman, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Anthony V. Mangione, Special Agent in Charge, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Office of Investigations, Daniel W. Auer, Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division, and Anthony Strianese, Chief, Delray Beach Police Department, announced the September 15, 2009 sentencing of defendant Alvado Johnson, and the September 10, 2009 sentencing of defendant Tremaine Bodie. Both were sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Donald M. Middlebrooks.
Defendant Bodie was sentenced to 210 months’ imprisonment, to be followed by 5 years of supervised release. Defendant Johnson was sentenced to 108 months’ imprisonment, to be followed by 5 years supervised release. Bodie and Johnson, both of Broward County, previously pled guilty to conspiring to import into the U.S. at least five kilograms of cocaine, in violation of Title 21 U.S.C. §963; conspiring to possess with intent to distribute at least 5 kilograms of cocaine, in violation of Title 21 U.S.C. §846; and structuring transactions to evade reporting requirements, in violation of Title 31 U.S.C. §5324(a)(3).
According to information provided in court documents and at hearings, Bodie headed a narcotics importation and distribution organization operating in Broward and Palm Beach Counties. Bodie imported cocaine from the Bahamas into South Florida, for distribution in South Florida. Johnson was Bodie’s associate and assisted Bodie in the illegal narcotics operation.
In addition, court documents show that on or about July 30, 2008, Bodie purchased a white 2009 Mercedes-Benz from a dealership and made an initial down payment of more than $10,000 in cash. On or about March 4, 2008, Johnson purchased a 2007 Chevrolet truck from a dealership for more than $10,000 and paid cash for it. Both defendants structured their cash transactions to attempt to avoid the dealerships’ filing of a Form 8300 currency transaction report with the Department of Treasury. Federal law requires the filing of CTRs with the Treasury Department for any cash transaction in an amount over $10,000. As well, State of Florida records indicate zero wages paid to Bodie and Johnson from 2003 to 2008.
As part of their plea agreements, Bodie agreed to forfeit $231,310 in U.S. currency, two vehicles, assorted electronics equipment, and jewelry. Johnson agreed to forfeit more than $6,000 in U.S. currency and two vehicles.