News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 6, 2009
Contact: Special Agent David Melenkevitz
Number: 954-660-4602

Two Defendants Sentenced for Importing 300 Kilograms of Cocaine into the U.S. from the Bahamas

NOV 06 -- MIAMI -  Mark R. Trouville, Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Jeffrey H. Sloman, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Anthony V. Mangione, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Office of Investigations, John V. Gillies, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Miami Field Office, Randy Donnelson, Director of Air Operations for Miami Air and Marine Branch, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Frank J. Kitzerow, Chief, Jupiter Police Department, Daniel C. Alexander, Chief, Boca Raton Police Department, and Ric L. Bradshaw, Sheriff, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, announce the sentencing of defendants Mark Pinder, 41, and Parson Exana, 38, on charges of conspiracy to import cocaine into the U.S., in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 963.

U.S. District Court Judge Donald M. Middlebrooks sentenced Mark Pinder to 144 months’ imprisonment; Parson Exana was sentenced to 108 months’ imprisonment. 

On May 25, 2009, law enforcement conducted an undercover operation on the high seas, and received approximately 297 kilograms of cocaine from defendant Pinder in a vessel-to-vessel transfer. The cocaine was thereafter transported to Palm Beach County. On May 26, 2009, law enforcement conducted a controlled delivery of the 297 kilograms of cocaine to defendants Pinder and Exana in Jupiter, FL. Pinder, a Bahamian citizen, and Exana, a United States citizen formerly residing in Miramar, Fla., were arrested at that time. 

The seizure and arrests were the result of a combined operation involving DEA, ICE’s Office of Investigations in West Palm Beach, FBI - West Palm Beach Division, Ft. Lauderdale, Customs and Border Protection, Jupiter Police Department, Boca Raton Police Department and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. The combined investigation targeted individuals who use maritime vessels to smuggle drugs into South Florida from the Bahamas.

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