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Mexican National Sentenced For Methamphetamine Trafficking And Possession Of A Firearm

December 20, 2011

Tampa, Fl - U.S. Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announces that U.S. District Judge James D. Whittemore yesterday sentenced Nicholas Cabrera (25, Plant City) to 15 years in federal prison for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

Cabrera pled guilty on October 7, 2011.

According to court documents, on July 8, 2011 a confidential source (CS) arranged to purchase two pounds of methamphetamine from Bertin Serrano.  Serrano and Miguel Angel Pineda-Mujica, a co-conspirator, ordered the methamphetamine from Cabrera.  The CS was informed by Serrano that the methamphetamine was being transported on a bus from Atlanta to Tampa. On that same day, another individual, Anselmo Penaloza-Menera was observed by law enforcement exiting a bus with a large black duffel bag. Penaloza-Menera was picked up at the bus station by Cabrera and the two were followed to a residence in Plant City.

Later that same day, the CS met Serrano at Serrano's home, where Serrano and Pineda-Mujica showed the CS the methamphetamine.  The two were arrested shortly thereafter. Two pounds of methamphetamine were recovered.

Based on a previously authorized search warrant, agents and officers immediately traveled to and secured the residence in Plant City.  Inside, agents found additional quantities of methamphetamine and a loaded firearm.  Upon exiting the residence, agents observed Cabrera and Penaloza-Menera driving back toward the residence. Cabrera stated that the methamphetamine and the firearm in the residence belonged to him.
Miguel Angel Pineda-Mujica and Bertin Serrano pled guilty for their respective roles and are scheduled to be sentenced in February 2012. Penaloza-Menera pled guilty for his role and was sentenced last week to 87 months in federal prison.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Shauna S. Hale.









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