News Release
July 23, 2010
Contact: Special Agent David Melenkevitz
Number: 954-660-4602

Seven Miami Men Sentenced in Connection with
Little Haiti Drug and Gun Sweep

JUL 23 -- MIAMI – Mark R. Trouville, Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Miami Field Division, Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Hugo Barrera, Special Agent in Charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Miami Field Office, James K. Loftus, Director, Miami-Dade Police Department, Miguel A. Exposito, Chief, City of Miami Police Department, and Richard Naue, Chief, Coral Gables Police Department, announced the sentences of Junior Sylvin, 26, Niko Thompson, 30, Frantz Sterlin, 29, Chris Victor, 28, Tarvus Daniels, 26, Gordon Louis, 35, and Ziv Bythol, 28, all of Miami.         

Yesterday, following their previous convictions at trial, U.S. District Court Judge James L. King sentenced defendant Sylvin to 18 years’ imprisonment, defendant Thompson to 20 years’ imprisonment, defendant Sterlin to 16 years’ imprisonment, and defendant Victor was sentenced to 6.75 years’ imprisonment.  Daniels, Louis, and Bythol had previously pled guilty.  They were sentenced on June 3, 2010 by Judge King.  Daniels and Louis were sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment and Bythol to 5 years’ imprisonment.        

Dubbed Operation “Natoye Lari,” creole for clean streets, this investigation focused on criminal activity in the Little Haiti area of Miami-Dade.  According to evidence produced at trial, Sylvin was the head of a drug trafficking organization that operated in the area.  Thompson was one of Sylvin’s sources of supply.  Victor’s residence, equipped with closed-circuit television for security purposes, was used as a stash house and a rendezvous point for drug sales.  Sterlin, according to the evidence, was a street seller.  Daniels and Bythol were independent dealers, and Louis was in charge of guarding Thompson’s drug supply.  Defendant Emmanuel Othello remains at large.

Search warrants executed at six residences resulted in the recovery of 11 semi-automatic handguns, including an FN Herstal capable of firing bulletproof piercing ammunition, two AK-47 style assault rifles, one 12-gauge shotgun, more than 1 kilogram of cocaine, numerous drug paraphernalia, including a kilogram press to manufacture kilogram bricks of cocaine for resale, and more than $37,000 in U.S. currency.


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