Tampa Man Sentenced To 78 Months For Federal Narcotics Charges
Tampa, Florida - U.S. District Judge Mary S. Scriven sentenced Arianne Rodriguez (29, Tampa) yesterday to 78 months in federal prison for conspiring to possess with intent to distribute 100 kilograms or more of marijuana and possession with intent to distribute 100 kilograms or more of marijuana. A federal jury found Rodriguez guilty of both charges on June 20, 2012.
According to evidence presented at trial, on December 9, 2011, Rodriguez and his co-conspirator rented a delivery truck and drove to a Tampa shipping company, where they accepted delivery of a crate that contained 323 pounds of marijuana. After loading the crate onto the rented truck, Rodriguez and his co-conspirator brought the marijuana back to Rodriguez’s Tampa residence. Rodriguez had opened the crate and one of the bundles of marijuana inside the crate before he was arrested.
This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, the Tampa Police Department, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, and the Cameron County (Texas) Sheriff’s Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Jim Preston and Joseph Swanson.