Felon Convicted Of Robbery Of Undercover Detective
Fort Myers, Florida -U.S. Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announces that on Thursday, November 10, 2011, a federal jury found Eddy Luis Jose Estrella, (25, Fort Myers) guilty of conspiracy to commit robbery, robbery, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, distribution of oxycodone, and the use of a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime and a crime of violence. Estrella faces a minimum mandatory sentence of 32 years and a maximum penalty of life in federal prison. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for February 13, 2012 at 1:30 p.m.
According to testimony presented at trial, Estrella distributed oxycodone to an undercover Lee County Sheriff's Office detective on January 20th and 27th, 2011. Estrella was armed with a firearm during the drug transaction. Following the oxycodone transaction on January 27th, Estrella offered to sell the detective a firearm. Estrella left and returned with the firearm. While showing the detective the firearm in an undercover vehicle, another individual, Miguel Angel Martinez (27, Fort Myers), approached the vehicle and, with the assistance of Estrella, robbed the detective at gunpoint. Both Estrella and Martinez were convicted felons at the time of the robbery and were prohibited by law from possessing firearms. On October 17, 2011, Martinez was sentenced to twelve years in federal prison, for his role in the robbery.
This case was investigated by the Lee County Sheriff's Office, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Cape Coral Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Jesus M. Casas and Jeffrey F. Michelland.