News Release
Date: August 13, 2012
Contact: Public Information Officer
Number: 954-660-4602

Heroin Trafficker Sentenced to More Than Two Years

AUG 13 – (ORLANDO) - Mark R. Trouville, Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Miami Field Division, and Robert E. O'Neill, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Florida, announced the sentencing of Rafael Eduardo Quinonez-Jimenez (45, Guatemala). Today, U.S. District Judge Gregory A. Presnell sentenced Quinonez-Jimenez to 30 months in federal prison for possession with intent to distribute more than 1 kilogram of heroin. Quinonez-Jimenez pled guilty in May 2012.

According to court documents, on March 2, 2012, Quinonez-Jimenez arrived at the Orlando International Airport from a flight originating in Guatemala City, Guatemala. Officers from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) were conducting a secondary inspection of Quinonez-Jimenez’s luggage when they discovered bags of what appeared to be candy. The packages, located within Quinonez-Jimenez’s luggage, contained 172 wrapped lollipops. The lollipops had a hard candy shell and beneath each candy shell was a large ball of heroin. The total amount of heroin found within the 172 lollipops was approximately 3 kilograms.

This case was investigated by the DEA Orlando District Office, CBP, and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.