FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 01, 2010
Contact: Special Agent David Melenkevitz
Four South Florida Men Charged in Heroin Trafficking Ring
NOV 01 -- 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, Anthony V. Mangione, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations, Miami Field Division, Chadwick E. Wagner, Chief, Hollywood Police Department, Patrick Lynn, Chief, Davie Police Department, Keith Dunn, Chief, Miramar Police Department, James K. Loftus, Director, Miami-Dade Police Department, Al Lamberti, Sheriff, Broward County Sheriff’s Office, and John T. Czernis, Director, Florida Highway Patrol, announce a seven count indictment against four individuals, charging them with narcotics trafficking for their participation in a conspiracy to possess and distribute multi-kilogram quantities of heroin. Charged in the indictment are:
- Jose Wilson Ayala, a/k/a “Junito,” a/k/a “Juanito,” a/k/a “Juni,” a/k/a “Junior,” 35, of Davie, FL;
- Jose Alonso Escobar, a/k/a “Colombia,” a/k/a “Flaco,” 28, of Miami, FL;
- Juan Luis Sanchez Valdez, 43, of Hollywood, FL; and
- Marko Roude, age 28, of Davie, FL;
The indictment charges all four defendants with conspiracy to distribute more than one kilogram of heroin from March 2009 through October 14, 2010, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 846 (Count 1). The indictment also charges a number of individual counts of distribution and possession with intent to distribute heroin on specific dates, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 841 (Counts 2-7). In addition, the indictment seeks the forfeiture of four vehicles used to facilitate the illegal narcotics trafficking and property constituting or derived from the proceeds of the defendants’ drug trafficking.
If convicted, the defendants face a minimum of 10 years to life on the conspiracy charge, a minimum of 5 years to 40 years on count 7 and between 0 to 20 years on the remaining counts of distribution and possession with intent to distribute. The case has been assigned to U.S. District Court Judge James I. Cohn.
An indictment is only an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
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