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Last Member Of Large Drug Trafficking Organization With Ties To Mexico Sentenced

November 14, 2012

Tampa, Florida - U.S. District Judge Susan C. Bucklew sentenced William Shaw (43, Odessa) yesterday to 70 months in federal prison for participating in a conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. Shaw pleaded guilty on March 29, 2012.

According to court documents from early 2008 through July 2011, the DTO sold pound quantities of methamphetamine in the central Florida area. The methamphetamine originated in Mexico and was transported through Texas to Georgia. From Georgia, it was sent via couriers, several times a week, to central Florida. The methamphetamine was then distributed to the members of the DTO operating in central Florida for further distribution. It is estimated that the DTO distributed more than 2,500 pounds of methamphetamine in central Florida over a 3-year period.

Shaw is the last of twenty individuals to be sentenced by Judge Bucklew for his participation in this DTO. The nineteen other members of the DTO previously pleaded guilty and have been sentenced for their participation in a conspiracy with each other and other persons to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. Daniel Fajardo (27, Sumter County - 188 months in federal prison); Orlando Ramirez-Arrellano (27, Sumter County - 135 months in federal prison); Jose Zoto-Perez (26, Atlanta, GA - 108 months in federal prison); Juan Carlos Jaimes-Guzman,(24, Dallas, TX - 78 months in federal prison); Antonio Barrera-Fajardo, (30, Sumter County - 33 months in federal prison); Roberto J. Alonzo-Lopez, (24, Sumter County - 36 months in federal prison); Anna Elisa Gonzalez-Cruz (20, Atlanta, GA - 24 months in federal prison); Danielle T. Davis, (39, Sumter County - 46 months in federal prison); Zachary James Loyselle, (23, Sumter County - 30 months in federal prison); Rafael Alexander Rodriguez- Murrillo, (30, Atlanta, GA - 87 months in federal prison); Rebecca Ann Schott, (30, Sumter County - 96 months in federal prison); Enrique Fajardo-Arrellano, (39, Sumter County - 168 months in federal prison); Feligonio Abiles-Rebollar, (38, Sumter County - 262 months in federal prison); Juan Carlos Tinoco-Fajardo,, (19, Sumter County - 46 months in federal prison); Matthew Leon Brewer, (38, Sumter County - 292 months in federal prison); Bethany Faye Beaty, (21, Sumter County - 135 months in federal prison); Celinda Kay Matamoros, (50, Sumter County - 48 months in federal prison); Jose William Castaneda, (31, Sumter County - 108 months in federal prison); and Josue Aleman-Valdez, a/k/a Gabino (36, Atlanta, GA - 135 months in federal prison). Twelve of the twenty individuals are not U.S. citizens and have significant ties to Michoacan, Mexico. Upon completion of their prison sentences, those twelve individuals will undergo deportation proceedings.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Methamphetamine Task Force, which includes officers from the Tampa Police Department, Sumter County Sheriff’s Office, Hernando County Sheriff’s Office, Citrus County Sheriff’s Office and Lake County Sheriff’s Office, as part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force investigation (OCDETF). 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. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez.









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