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Polk County Methamphetamine Traffickers Indicted

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 4, 2012

Tampa, Florida - United States Attorney Robert E. O'Neill, Mark R. Trouville, Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration, Miami Field Division, and Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd announce the return and unsealing of three indictments charging fourteen individuals with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and, in some cases, distribution of methamphetamine (see chart for additional information). According to the indictments, the conspiracy began on an unknown date, continuing until on or about April 2012.

The indictment charging Pablo Barrios, Felipe Barrios, Arroyo, Rivera, Scott, Heath, Meliton Jaramillo and Resendiz-Ramirez notifies the individuals that the United States intends to forfeit $44,540 in U.S. Currency seized on March 5, 2012, and $56,020 in U.S. Currency seized on March 22, 2012, which are alleged to be traceable to proceeds of the offense

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.

This case results from an ongoing Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) joint investigation conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Polk County Sheriff's Office. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Christopher F. Murray. The principal mission of the OCDETF program is to identify, disrupt and dismantle the most serious drug trafficking, weapons trafficking and money laundering organizations, and those primarily responsible for the nation’s illegal drug supply.

Name Age/Residence Charge
Pablo Barrios 36, Frostproof Conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine
Felipe Barrios 38, Frostproof Conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine
Arecenio Arroyo 38, Haines City Conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine
Meliton Jaramillo 29, Frostproof Conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine
Keila Rivera 26, Davenport Conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine
Kimberly Scott 35, Brandon Conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine
Aaron Heath 29, Brandon Conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine
Ricardo Resendiz-Ramirez 29, Dundee Conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more methamphetamine
Robert Ramirez-Maccleash 32, Atlanta, GA Count One: Conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine
Count Two: Attempted possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine
Fernando Mondragon 27, Frostproof Count One: Conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine
Count Two: Attempted possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine
Abraham Espinoza-Perez 26, Frostproof Count One: Conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine
Count Two & Count Three: Distribution of 50 grams or more of methamphetamine
Count Four: Distribution of 500 grams or more of methamphetamine
Cristina Barraza-Chavez 31, Eloise Count One: Conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine
Count Four: Distribution of 500 grams or more of methamphetamine
Luis Falcon-Cruz 31, Haines City Count One: Conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine
Count Two: Distribution of 50 grams or more of methamphetamine
Count Four: Distribution of 500 grams or more of methamphetamine
Reynel Urbina Lorenzana 41, Haines City Count One: Conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine
*Rafael Jaramillo 24, Davenport Conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine
*Charged by Complaint
 
Charge
Maximum Penalty
Conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine Mandatory minimum 10 years, and a maximum term of life in federal prison.
Conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more methamphetamine Mandatory minimum 10 years, and a maximum term of life in federal prison.
Attempted possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine Mandatory minimum 10 years, and a maximum term of life in federal prison
Distribution of 50 grams or more of methamphetamine Mandatory minimum 5 years, and a maximum term of 40 years in federal prison


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