News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 01, 2010
Contact: Special Agent David Melenkevitz
Number: 954-660-4602

St. Croix Native Sentenced for Conspiring to Purchase Cocaine From Under Cover Detective in Ft. Pierce

JUL 01 -- MIAMI – Mark R. Trouville, Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Miami Field Division, and Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, announced the sentencing of defendant Zeiad “Isaac” Ali Idheileh, 32, of Vero Beach, Florida, to 120 months in prison, by the Honorable United States District Court Judge Donald L. Graham. 

On April 8, 2010, Idheileh pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 5 kilograms of cocaine hydrochloride, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 846.  According to the stipulated factual basis in support of the guilty plea, the PSL Police Department (PSLPD) received information that Zeiad “Isaac” Ali Idheileh’s group was interested in purchasing multiple kilograms of cocaine hydrochloride. Detectives recorded several telephone conversations with Idheileh, where Idheileh discussed his other associates, including co-defendant Awni S. Abdallah.  Idheileh was recorded saying that his group usually purchased multiple kilograms of cocaine and resold the narcotics in Canada.

Subsequently, Idheileh met with a  Port St. Lucie Police Department (PSLPD) undercover detective and advised his group was interested in purchasing up to 100 kilograms of cocaine and that they “were sitting on” approximately $600,000 in order to complete the deal.  The undercover detective and Idheileh negotiated and agreed upon a purchase price of between $22,000-$24,000 per kilogram.  For about a month and a half, Idheileh and Abdallah spoke and met with the PSLPD undercover detective in order to negotiate the terms and logistics of their purchase of 5-30 kilograms of cocaine from the undercover detective.

During Monday’s sentencing hearing, the Honorable District Court Judge Graham found that Idheileh made threats to the undercover officer and that he possessed a gun during the course of the instant offense.  As a result, Idheileh did not receive a “safety valve” reduction in his sentence.

On March 5, 2010 Awnie Abdallah pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 5 kilograms of cocaine hydrochloride, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 846.  On May 28, 2010, Abdallah was sentenced to 70 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release.

 

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