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Thirteen Defendants Plead Guilty to Drug Trafficking Charges

NOV 22 (MIAMI, Fla.) – Mark R. Trouville, Special Agent in Charge (SAC), U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Miami Field Division; Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida; Hugo J. Barrera, SAC, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Miami Field Office; and Alysa D. Erichs, SAC, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigation (ICE-HSI),  announce that thirteen defendants pled guilty to drug trafficking charges yesterday before U.S. District Judge Ursula Ungaro. Sentencing for the defendants is scheduled for February 21, 2014.   

The defendants that pled guilty are:
Jose Alberto Ontivero Monte de Oca, aka “Pariente,” aka “El Viejo,” aka “Papito,” (54, of Hialeah, Florida)
Pedro Farach (45, of Hialeah, Florida)
Jaime Maldonado Ramos, aka “Oggie,” (46, of Homestead, Florida)
Mitchael Cabanas (43, of Miami, Florida)
Jose Alfredo Villarreal, aka “Alfredito,” (40, of Naples, Florida)
Roberto Perez, aka “Rodo,” (46, of Pembroke Pines, Florida)
Juan Enrique Martinez, (50, of Miami, Florida)
Alberto Arregoitia Lorenzo, aka “Lorenzo Arregoitia,” (61, of Miami, Florida)
Miguel Angel Desdin, aka “Miguelon,” (59, of Hialeah, Florida)
Vladimir Mir-Medina, aka “Vladimir Medina,” aka “Vladimir Mir,” (50, of Miami, Florida)
Miguel Cruz (49, of Hialeah, Florida)
Manuel Bautista Alvarez (53, of Miami, Florida)
Hernan Rodriguez Alfaro, aka “Iran,” (40, of Cutler Bay, Florida)
 
Defendants Pedro Farach, Jaime Maldonado Ramos, Mitchael Cabanas, Juan Enrique Martinez, Alberto Arregoitia Lorenzo, Miguel Angel Desdin, Miguel Cruz, and Manuel Bautista Alvarez pled guilty to Count 1 of a Second Superseding Information charging them with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute over 500 grams of cocaine, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 846. Defendants Vladimir Mir-Medina and Jose Alfredo Villarreal pled guilty to Count 2 of a Second Superseding Information charging them with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a quantity of cocaine, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 846. Defendant Roberto Perez pled guilty to Count 8 of a Superseding Indictment charging him with possession with intent to distribute over 500 grams of cocaine, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 841(a)(1). Defendant Hernan Rodriguez Alfaro pled guilty to Count 4 of a Superseding Indictment charging him with possession with intent to distribute a quantity of cocaine, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 841(a)(1). Lead defendant Jose Alberto Ontivero Monte de Oca pled guilty to Count 1 of the Superseding Indictment charging him with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute over 5 kilograms of cocaine, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 846.
At sentencing, defendants Pedro Farach, Jaime Maldonado Ramos, Mitchael Cabanas, Juan Enrique Martinez, Alberto Arregoitia Lorenzo, Miguel Angel Desdin, Miguel Cruz, Manuel Bautista Alvarez, and Roberto Perez face a minimum mandatory term of 5 years in prison and a maximum term of up to 40 years in prison. Defendants Vladimir Mir-Medina, Jose Alfredo Villarreal, and Hernan Rodriguez Alfaro face a maximum term of up to 20 years in prison. Lead defendant Jose Alberto Ontivero Monte de Oca faces a minimum mandatory term of 10 years in prison and a maximum term of up to life in prison.
The other defendants charged in this case are Rayko Enrique Rubi, 40, of Davie, Florida; Ramon Martinez II, 37, of Hialeah, Florida; and Rafael Luis Ramos Lopez, aka “Lou,” 46, of Miami, Florida, and are scheduled to go to trial on January 13, 2014.
According to court documents, this conspiracy involved multiple kilograms of cocaine distributed in the Greater Miami area, specifically in the cities of Hialeah and Homestead, between September 2011 and September 2013. During the course of the investigation, law enforcement seized over two kilograms of cocaine, over $170,000 in U.S. currency, four firearms, and over ten vehicles.

This investigation was conducted by the DEA, ATF and ICE-HIS with the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Service, the Miami-Dade Police Department, the Coral Gables Police Department, the Hialeah Police Department, the Homestead Police Department, and the West Miami Police Department.  SAC Trouville commended the prosecution efforts of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida.

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