Eleven members of an Osceola County-based drug trafficking organization were sentenced to federal prison by U.S. District Judges Paul G. Byron and Carlos E. Mendoza to sentences ranging between 15 and 300 months for a conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute heroin.
One individual was also sentenced for possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. These 11 individuals were charged in 5 separate indictments and information beginning in August 2019 and culminating in an indictment charging 7 members of the conspiracy in February 2020. The charges and sentences are as follows:
(27, St. Cloud)
7 years, 3 months
Conspiracy and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime
11 years, 3 months
2 years, 9 months
7 years, 3 months
Jorge Alberto Quijada-Moreno
9 years, 1 month
3 years, 10 months
Antonio E. Moya
3 years, 5 months
Jose Antonio Cruz-Garcia
1 year, 3 months
(39, North Carolina)
Beginning in November 2017, a law enforcement investigation learned information about when shipments of heroin would be delivered from Mexico to Chicago and from Chicago to Osceola County by the DTO, which was led by Roberto Nunez-Cebrero. Law enforcement also learned when money would be paid by conspirators in Chicago and oftentimes transported to Osceola County.
Law enforcement agencies seized more than 10 kilograms of heroin on its way to Osceola County from either Chicago or directly from Mexico, by Antonio E. Moya, Luis Vazquez-Trujillo, Jose Antonio Cruz-Garcia, and Roberto Oduardo-Suarez.
Once the heroin was in the Middle District of Florida, Yenitza Garcia-Cosme, Michael Agosto-Martinez, Erik Velazquez-Cosme, Jorge Alberto Quijada-Moreno, and Jose Robles-Roque distributed the heroin to others. Michael Agosto-Martinez and Yenitza Garcia-Cosme also traveled to Chicago to pick up money and transport heroin back to the Middle District of Florida.
Timothy Smith was a Chicago-based drug trafficker who received his heroin from this drug trafficking organization. In total, from January 2012 through August 2019, this DTO was responsible for more than 100 kilograms of heroin coming into the Middle District of Florida.
This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Shawn P. Napier.
SOURCE: United States Department of Justice