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Fourteen Individuals Indicted in Marijuana Distribution Conspiracy

FEB 06 (TAMPA, Fla.) – 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, announces today the unsealing of a federal indictment charging 14 individuals with conspiring to distribute 1,000 kilograms or more of marijuana.  Law enforcement teams in Florida, Texas, Arkansas, and Mississippi made the arrests earlier today in this joint law enforcement investigation, dubbed Operation Wooly Swamp. If convicted, each individual faces a maximum penalty of 10 years, up to life in federal prison. 

This case was investigated by the DEA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force 2), Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, and the Clearwater Police Department. 


Name    Age Residence

Gaudencio Garcia,                                                    

           a/k/a Pelon, a/k/a Hugo,

           a/k/a Jose

26  Wimauma, Florida


Armando Martinez-Hernandez

           a/k/a Choco, a/k/a Mando,

           a/k/a Juan     

45 Weslaco, Texas

Luis Alberto Garcia,

          a/k/a Louie, a/k/a Chuey 

32 Weslaco, Texas
Herman Martinez   23   Wimauma, Florida

Ismael Martinez,

            a/k/a Jose    

24  Wimauma, Florida
Charles Daniel Law      52   Riverview, Florida

Anthony Edward Peters,

            a/k/a Tony 

36 Clearwater, Florida

Joseph Fairweather,

            a/k/a Joey 

28 Holiday, Florida

Christopher Hart,

            a/k/a Chris     

39 New Port Richey, Florida
Paul Jason Pless 37 Gibsonton, Florida

Charles Francis Martin, III,

            a/k/a Chuck  

42 Riverview, Florida

Cynthia Ford Rico,

            a/k/a Cindy 

56 West Memphis, Arkansas
Pamela Ford Walker    54 Oxford, Mississippi
David Ray Hobbs  63 Memphis, Tennessee

Charge: Conspiracy to distribute 1,000 kilograms or more of marijuana

Maximum Penalty: 10 years, up to life in federal prison

An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed a violation of the federal criminal laws, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.


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