Tampa Man Found Guilty Of Federal Narcotics Charges
Tampa, FL - A federal jury yesterday found Arianne Rodriguez (28, Tampa) guilty of one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 100 kilograms or more of marijuana and one count of possession with intent to distribute 100 kilograms or more of marijuana. Rodriguez faces a maximum penalty of forty years in federal prison on each count. A sentencing date has not yet been set. Rodriguez was indicted on December 28, 2011.
According to evidence presented at trial, on December 9, 2011, Rodriguez and his co-conspirator rented a delivery truck and drove to a Tampa shipping company, where they accepted delivery of a crate that contained 323 pounds of marijuana. After loading the crate onto the rented truck, Rodriguez and his co-conspirator brought the marijuana back to Rodriguez’s Tampa residence. Rodriguez had opened the crate and one of the bundles of marijuana inside the crate before he was arrested.
This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, the Tampa Police Department, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, and the Cameron County (Texas) Sheriff’s Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Jim Preston and Joseph Swanson.