Heroin Trafficker Sentenced To More Than Two Years
Orlando, Florida - U.S. District Judge Gregory A. Presnell sentenced Rafael Eduardo Quinonez-Jimenez (45, Guatemala) today to 30 months in federal prison for possession with intent to distribute more than 1 kilogram of heroin. Quinonez-Jimenez pled guilty in May 2012.
According to court documents, on March 2, 2012, Quinonez-Jimenez arrived at the Orlando International Airport from a flight originating in Guatemala City, Guatemala. Offices from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) were conducting a secondary inspection of Quinonez-Jimenez’s luggage when they discovered bags of what appeared to be candy. The packages, located within Quinonez-Jimenez’s luggage, contained 172 lollipops. The lollipops had a hard candy shell. Beneath each candy shell was a large ball of heroin. The total amount of heroin found within the 172 lollipops was approximately 3 kilograms.
This case was investigated by CBP, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (ICE HSI), and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Christopher LaForgia.