California Man and Other Members of Marijuana Conspiracy Sentenced
Orlando, Florida - United States Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announces that on April 26, 2012 and April 27, 2012 United States District Judge John Antoon, II sentenced five individuals who were involved in a marijuana distribution conspiracy, including Chi Tam Dang a/k/a “Tam Dang” (31, San Leandro, California) and Arlonzo W. Moore (30, Orlando). Dang was sentenced to 7 years and 3 months in federal prison and Moore was sentenced to 3 years and 5 months in federal prison.
According to court documents and evidence presented in court, Dang and Moore participated in a drug trafficking organization that used the United States Mail to distribute high-grade (hydroponic) marijuana from northern California to central Florida. Dang and others mailed the marijuana parcels from northern California to addresses located throughout the United States, including central Florida.
Angelica Maria Jimenez a/k/a “Angie Jimenez” (22, Orlando), Jason Jesus Marrero (32, Orlando), Valerie Joseph (27, Orlando), Justin W. Young (27, Ocoee), Thomas James McMacth (30, Winter Garden), Doren Fiddler (29, Orlando), Lavell Dashan Brown (39, Orlando), and Iris Carrion (27, Orlando) were individuals in Orlando who received marijuana parcels and distributed them to Moore and other members of the organization. Moore and others would send proceeds from the distribution of the marijuana back to Dang and others located in California.
The type of hydroponic marijuana distributed by this organization is typically sold for over $5,000 a pound. In total, agents have identified more than140 marijuana parcels that were mailed from northern California to central Florida and have traced more than $1.3 million in drug proceeds that were sent back to Dang and others in northern California, from Central Florida.
In September 2011, seven of the individuals were charged in a criminal complaint with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute marijuana. Three others were charged in a separate criminal complaint in November 2011.
Of the ten individuals charged so far, eight have pled guilty, and one (Brown) was convicted by a jury on February 3, 2012. To date, eight individuals have been sentenced:
4/27/2012 CHI TAM DANG a/k/a “Tam Dang” (31, San Leandro, California)
7 years, 3 months in federal prison and 4 years supervised release
4/27/2012 ARLONZO W. MOORE (30, Orlando)
3 years, 5 months in federal prison and 4 years supervised release
4/26/2012 LAVELL DASHAN BROWN (39, Orlando)
2 years, 6 months in federal prison and 2 years supervised release
4/27/2012 JASON JESUS MARRERO (32, Orlando)
1 year, 10 months in federal prison and 2 years supervised release
4/27/2012 ANGELICA MARIA JIMENEZ a/k/a “Angie Jimenez” (22, Orlando)
Time served, 6 months home detention, and 2 years supervised release
2/23/2012 DOREN FIDDLER (29, Orlando)
Time served and 2 years supervised release
2/3/2012 JUSTIN W. YOUNG (27, Ocoee)
6 months home detention and 2 years probation
12/19/2011 THOMAS JAMES MCMATH (30, Winter Garden)
1 month home detention and 2 years probation
Iris Carrion pled guilty on December 6, 2011 and is set for sentencing on May 25, 2012. Valerie Joseph was indicted on September 27, 2011 and is scheduled for trial in June 2012.
An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed a violation of the federal criminal laws, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.
These cases were investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations and the Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation. They are being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg.