Miami-Dade County Couple Charged in Methamphetamine and GHB Lab Bust
MAR 31 -- Mark R. Trouville, Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Miami Field Division and R. Alexander Acosta, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, announced that a criminal complaint was filed charging Roberto Dotres with conspiracy to operate a methamphetamine and GHB (also known as gamma-hydroxybutyric acid) laboratory from his northwest Miami-Dade County residence; possession of GHB with intent to distribute; keeping and maintaining a residence used for drug manufacture and storage, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. Also charged was Jacqueline Patricia Afonso, who resided with Dotres at the residence.
According to the complaint filed in court, Dotres used the Internet to purchase chemicals and equipment necessary to produce methamphetamine and GHB at his home laboratory. DEA agents executed a search warrant at Dotres' apartment, which resulted in the seizure of materials used in the production of methamphetamine and GHB. Additionally, agents found one loaded .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol and one loaded .9mm semi automatic pistol and spare loaded magazines, gelatin capsules, chemicals, glassware and other items used in the clandestine manufacture of drugs. GHB in liquid form, and gel capsules were seized along with computers and other items.
The defendants made their initial appearance in federal court in Miami, Florida, on March 30th. If convicted of the charges, the defendants face a maximum statutory sentence of 20 years' imprisonment and a $1,000,000 fine. If convicted of the firearms charges, Dotres faces a minimum mandatory sentence of five years in prison to run consecutive to any other sentence he receives.
United States Attorney Acosta stated, "This arrest marks south Florida's third laboratory bust in one month. Among synthetic drugs, methamphetamine is one of the most addictive and dangerous. In particular, the manufacturing process for this drug is highly volatile, and its manufacture in a residential neighborhood shows a reckless disregard for the safety and well-being of others. We stand absolutely committed to using all of our resources to rid our community of this poison, and to act proactively to prevent meth trafficking and production from becoming embedded in south Florida neighborhoods." Mr. Acosta commended the investigative efforts of the DEA Miami Field Division.