April 19, 2018
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Fifteen Individuals Charged With Trafficking Cocaine And Heroin
(TAMPA, Fla.) - Two indictments were unsealed today charging 15 individuals with federal drug trafficking violations. In one indictment, the individuals below are charged with conspiracy and possession with the intent to distribute cocaine. If convicted, each faces a maximum penalty of life in federal prison.
Jesus Manuel Rodriguez, a/k/a “Caltu,” (30, Brandon)
Bryan Gomez (30, Avon Park) Hector Jose Carrasquillo Perez, a/k/a “Tito” (25, Catano, Puerto Rico)
Henry (30, Avon Park)
Luis Enrique Hernandez Quinones, a/k/a “Gordo” (28, Davenport)
Avisys Lee (27, Tampa)
Javier Albaladejo Lopez, a/k/a “the Barber” (23, Tampa)
Jose Angel Mendoza, Jr. (28, Tampa)
Pedro Luis Ramos (25, Kissimmee)
William Leverne Norton, a/k/a “Cool” (40, Tampa)
Edgar Hernandez, a/k/a “Chuck” (27, Tampa)
Ismael Pagan (42, Orlando)
In a separate indictment, Roberto Torres Gracia, a/k/a “el Silencio” (40, Pinellas Park); Eddie Alberto Pagan Santiago, a/k/a “Primo” (37, San Juan, Puerto Rico); and David Santiago, a/k/a “Flaco” (33, Tampa) are charged with conspiracy and possession with the intent to distribute heroin. If convicted, each faces a maximum penalty of 40 years in federal prison.
According to the indictment and information presented in court, between May 2017 and April 2018, the defendants conspired to distribute more than 100 grams of heroin and more than 20 kilograms of cocaine.
These cases were investigated by a multi-agency task force through the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task (OCDETF). The principal mission of the OCDETF program is to identify, disrupt, and dismantle the most serious drug trafficking, weapons trafficking, and money laundering organizations, and those primarily responsible for the nation’s illegal drug supply.
Agencies involved in this OCDETF operation include the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Tampa Police Department, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. The case will be prosecuted by United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida.
More information about this case can be found at https://ecf.flmd.uscourts.gov