California Man Convicted On Federal Drug Charges
Tampa, Florida - U.S. Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announces that a federal jury found Sergio Godinez Del Toro (46, Napa, California) guilty yesterday of conspiracy to distribute, and possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine. Del Toro faces a mandatory minimum term of ten years in federal prison, and a maximum penalty of life imprisonment. His sentencing hearing has not yet been scheduled. Del Toro was indicted on April 17, 2012.
According to testimony presented at trial, Del Toro was a leader in a California-based drug trafficking organization (DTO) that was attempting to establish a methamphetamine and marijuana distribution network in central Florida. In January 2012, the DTO shipped eight pounds of marijuana to Haines City, sold the marijuana, and laundered the proceeds through banks in Pasco County.
In February 2012, the DTO attempted to transport twelve pounds of methamphetamine to Dade City from California, through Arkansas. The drugs were intercepted by Drug Enforcement Administration agents, outside of Jonesboro, Arkansas.
In March 2012, the DTO shipped a total of twenty-four pounds of methamphetamine (valued at $320,000) to Dade City, in six separate shipments. Del Toro arrived in Dade City on March 28, after the methamphetamine had been shipped, to oversee the distribution and transfer of the drug proceeds back to California. On March 30, he transferred at least $6,000 in drug proceeds through two separate banks. On April 5, the DEA and the Pasco County Sheriff's Office seized seven pounds of the methamphetamine, and arrested Del Toro and two of his co-conspirators.
This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, as part of an on-going Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation. It was 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 and money laundering organizations and those primarily responsible for the nation's drug supply.