Cocaine and Marijuana Trafficker Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison
Orlando, FL - U.S. Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announces that Chief U.S. District Judge Anne C. Conway today sentenced Juan Hernandez-Viera (37, Summerfield) to 15 years in federal prison for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, possession of a firearm in the furtherance of drug trafficking, and money laundering. The court also ordered Hernandez-Viera to forfeit ten Paso Fino horses, a vehicle and a trailer, seven firearms, and ammunition, which are traceable to proceeds of the offense.
On February 23, 2012, co-conspirators Miguel Cadiz-Camareno (25, Puerto Rico) and Guadalupe Velez III (36, Nederland, TX) were sentenced to 5 years in prison and 3 years in prison, respectively, for their involvement in the drug trafficking conspiracy.
According to court documents and evidence presented at the sentencing hearings, Hernandez-Viera oversaw a conspiracy that involved the transportation of cocaine and marijuana from Texas to Central Florida and Puerto Rico. Once that cocaine and marijuana was transported from Texas, Hernandez-Viera coordinated the delivery of those narcotics to distributors in Central Florida and Puerto Rico. Velez and Cadiz-Camareno, in particular, assisted in the shipment of the marijuana from Texas. During the course of the investigation, agents seized shipments of narcotics, firearms, and cash that was concealed in car carriers, trailers, and semi-trucks. Hernandez-Viera's money laundering charge stems from his use of proceeds from the sale of cocaine to fund and promote his marijuana distribution. Agents also recovered firearms and ammunition that Hernandez-Viera used to protect his drug trafficking activities.
This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel C. Irick.