Drug Enforcement Administration

Miami

Adolphus P. Wright, Special Agent in Charge

May 14, 2019

Contact: Public Information Officer

Phone Number: (571) 362-2887

Eleven individuals plead guilty to conspiring to manufacture and distribute heroin, fentanyl, carfentanil and other controlled substances in Manatee and Pasco Counties, resulting in death

TAMPA, Fla. – Eleven individuals have pleaded guilty to federal charges of conspiracy to distribute, possession with the intent to distribute, manufacturing and possession with the intent to manufacture at least one kilogram of heroin, at least 40 grams of fentanyl, carfentanil, furanyl fentanyl, cyclopropylfentanyl, cocaine and methamphetamine, the distribution of which resulted in one death from carfentanil intoxication.

 

 

Manatee/Pasco Drug Trafficking Organization

 

Name

Age, Residence

Status

Rafael Sanchez, a/k/a “Chico Jay”

30, Palmetto

Pleaded guilty to 1 count of conspiracy to distribute, possess with the intent to distribute, manufacture, and possess with the intent to manufacture at least one kilogram of heroin.

 

Faces a minimum mandatory penalty of 15 years, and up to life, in federal prison.

 

Jerome Miller, a/k/a “Madball”

 

30, Bradenton (Deceased)

Pleaded guilty to 1 count of conspiracy to distribute, possess with the intent to distribute, manufacture, and possess with the intent to manufacture at least one kilogram of heroin.

 

Faced a minimum mandatory penalty of 10 years, and up to life, in federal prison.

James McClinton

40, Dade City

Pleaded guilty to 1 count of conspiracy to distribute, possess with the intent to distribute, manufacture, and possess with the intent to manufacture at least one kilogram of heroin.

 

Faces a minimum mandatory penalty of 15 years, and up to life, in federal prison.

Jose Venegas, a/k/a “Tiny”

24, Dade City

Pleaded guilty to 1 count of conspiracy to distribute, possess with the intent to distribute, manufacture, and possess with the intent to manufacture at least one kilogram of heroin.

 

Faces a minimum mandatory penalty of 10 years, and up to life, in federal prison.

Bryan Reshaun Wright

36, Dade City

Pleaded guilty to 1 count of conspiracy to distribute heroin.

 

Faces a minimum mandatory penalty of 15 years, and up to life, in federal prison.

Robert Lee Nealey

38, Dade City

Pleaded guilty to 1 count of conspiracy to distribute heroin.

 

Faces up to 20 years in federal prison.

Eduardo Sanchez-Lara, a/k/a “Lalo”

42, Atlanta, GA

Pleaded guilty to 1 count of conspiracy to distribute at least one kilogram of heroin.

 

Faces a minimum mandatory penalty of 10 years, and up to life, in federal prison.

Demetrius Cherilus Morancy, a/k/a “Pearl”

26, Bradenton

Pleaded guilty to 1 count of conspiracy to distribute at least one kilogram of heroin, at least 40 grams of fentanyl, and other controlled substances.

 

Faces a minimum mandatory penalty of 10 years, and up to life, in federal prison.

Homar Guerrero-Hernandez

25, Bradenton

Pleaded guilty to 1 count of conspiracy to distribute at least one kilogram of heroin, at least 40 grams of fentanyl, and carfentanil resulting in death. Pleaded guilty to 1 count of distribution of carfentanil resulting in death.

 

Faces a minimum mandatory penalty of 20 years, and up to life in federal prison.

Wilson Peter Revange, a/k/a “Jackboi”

26, Bradenton

Pleaded guilty to 1 count of conspiracy to distribute heroin, fentanyl, and other controlled substances.

 

Faces up to 20 years in federal prison.

Aljan Blanchard

27, Bradenton

Pleaded guilty to 1 count of conspiracy to distribute heroin.

 

Faces up to 20 years in federal prison.

 

According to the plea agreements and other filings in this case, these 11 individuals were part of a drug trafficking organization that conspired to distribute heroin, fentanyl, fentanyl analogues and other substances. The DTO operated in and around Manatee and Pasco Counties, with ties to other criminal organizations in Georgia and elsewhere. In July 2018, the DTO conspired to receive heroin from a Mexican transnational criminal organization and then convert it into at least a kilogram of heroin for street distribution. Law enforcement seized the heroin from the DTO while it was being prepared for distribution and also seized fentanyl, carfentanil and other fentanyl analogues, after recording purchases of opioids from various members of the DTO.

 

In all, the investigation resulted in the seizure of more than a kilogram of heroin; various amounts of fentanyl, carfentanil and other fentanyl analogues; firearms; and cash proceeds from the drug trafficking.

 

In addition, law enforcement officers identified an overdose that occurred in spring 2017 that was linked to the DTO. Homar Guerrero-Hernandez had distributed carfentanil to a person in Manatee County, who later died from ingesting the drug.

 

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration Tampa Distric Office, the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office and the Hardee County Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, as part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force investigation. The principal mission of the OCDETF program is to identify, disrupt and dismantle the most serious drug trafficking and money laundering organizations and those primarily responsible for the nation’s drug supply. It was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida. 

 

More information about this case can be found at http://www.flmd.uscourts.gov or https://ecf.flmd.uscourts.gov

 

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