Methamphetamine Supplier Pleads Guilty To Conspiracy
Tampa, FL - Emmanuel Arias-Chavarin (a/k/a "Rey Marcelo Rosda Maldonado," a/k/a "Flaco") (28, San Bernadino, California) today pleaded guilty to conspiring with others to distribute five-hundred (500) grams or more of a mixture and a substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine. Arias-Chavarin, a previously convicted felon, faces a mandatory minimum term of twenty years imprisonment, and a maximum penalty of life imprisonment. No sentencing date has been set.
According to the plea agreement, Arias-Chavarin regularly shipped pound-quantities of methamphetamine from California to Florida, in 2010 and 2011. On August 16, 2010, he supplied two pounds of methamphetamine to a co-conspirator in Dade City, Florida. These drugs were later recovered by law enforcement. In April 2011, Arias-Chavarin shipped three pounds of methamphetamine to Florida from California. The drugs were hidden by him, in a Lincoln Navigator, and the vehicle itself was then shipped to Florida from California, on a car hauler. On April 19, 2011, investigators searched the vehicle after it arrived in Lakeland, Florida. Inside, investigators located the three pounds of methamphetamine.
This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office as part of an on-going Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) investigation. The principal mission of the OCDETF program is to identify, disrupt, and dismantle the most serious drug trafficking and money laundering organizations and those primarily responsible for the nation’s drug supply. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Christopher F. Murray.