Jury Convicts Two Orlando Men Of Heroin Conspiracy
Orlando, Florida - U.S. Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announces today that a federal jury today found Jose Manuel Jorge (41, Orlando) and Julian Gil (45, Miami) guilty of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute at least one kilogram of heroin. Jorge faces a mandatory minimum penalty of life in federal prison. Gil faces a mandatory minimum term of 20 years, up to life, in federal prison. The sentencing hearings are scheduled for December 19, 2012, at 9:00 a.m. before Senior United States District Judge G. Kendall Sharp.
Jorge and Gil were indicted on July 12, 2012. According to testimony and evidence presented at trial, from May 2012 through June 11, 2012, Jorge negotiated controlled substance transactions with a Drug Enforcement Administration confidential source. The negotiations involved cocaine and heroin that would be trafficked between New York and Orlando. Agents learned that a package of heroin was to be delivered to Jorge in Orlando, with a portion of that heroin going to Gil. DEA agents intercepted the heroin package in New York, which ultimately resulted in the arrest of the New York source of supply.
On June 11, 2012, agents facilitated a controlled delivery of 1.2 kilograms of heroin to Jorge. On that date, Jorge, driven by Gil, arrived at the predetermined meeting location. There the confidential source transferred to Jorge and Gil what they believed to be heroin. Jorge and Gil were subsequently arrested.
This case was investigated by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Brooklyn Sawyers.