News Release
December 9, 2009
Contact: Special Agent David Melenkevitz
Number: 954-660-4602

Nineteen From Hallandale Beach Area Charged in Joint Federal-State Narcotics Trafficking Operation

DEC 09 -- MIAMI - Mark R. Trouville, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Miami Field Division, Jeffrey H. Sloman, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Michael J. Satz, Broward County State Attorney,and Thomas A. Magill, Chief, Hallandale Beach Police Department, announced the indictment of nineteen defendants in connection with their participation in a crack cocaine trafficking operation primarily throughout the Hallandale Beach area.  Sixteen (16) of these defendants are being prosecuted federally, and all but one has been arrested.  They are scheduled to make their initial appearances in federal court today.  See attached list naming federal defendants. 

The joint investigation began in 2006 and focused on narcotics traffickers in the Hallandale Beach area of Broward County.  As a result of this investigation, nineteen defendants have been charged with federal and state narcotics violations, including possession and distribution of crack cocaine, many of the deals taking place in areas surrounding schools and playgrounds.  Sixteen (16) defendants are being prosecuted federally, where they face substantial prison time, from five years to life in prison, without the possibility of parole.  Three (3) defendants are being prosecuted by the Broward County State Attorney’s Office, where they also face serious potential jail time. 

DEA Special Agent in Charge Mark R. Trouville stated, “Through the resources and joint efforts of the Hallandale Beach Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration, these violent criminals will no longer contribute to the downfall of this area.  Instead, their arrests will help open the doors for the rebuilding of this neighborhood.”

Acting U.S. Attorney Jeffrey H. Sloman stated, “Drug traffickers pose a serious threat to the well-being of our communities and the safety of our citizens.  The U.S. Attorney’s Office will continue to bring federal drug charges, which result in lengthy prison sentences upon conviction, in an effort to remove these traffickers from our streets.”

Michael J. Satz, State Attorney for Broward County, said “Joint investigations such as these are very important for the safety of our community.  Such cooperative law enforcement efforts usually have tremendous success and make great use of available resources.”

Thomas A. Magill, Chief of the Hallandale Beach Police Department, stated, “This investigation is the result of a long term relationship between the Hallandale Beach Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration.  These arrests will significantly improve the quality of life for the residents of the City of Hallandale Beach."

An indictment is only an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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