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Three South Florida Residents Charged in Conspiracy to Distribute Illegal Drugs, Steroids

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 19, 2014

Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, David W. Bourne, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Office of Criminal Investigations, Miami Field Office, and Ric Bradshaw, Sheriff, Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office (PBSO), announce that Frank Fiore, 59, of Parkland, Gary Lee Jones, 55, of Boca Raton, and Anthony Carbone, 32, of Deerfield Beach, have been charged with conspiring to possess Alprazolam, a controlled substance, with the intent to distribute it, conspiring to traffic in counterfeit Xanax, distributing Alprazolam, and trafficking in counterfeit Xanax. In addition, Fiore and Carbone have been charged with conspiring to possess anabolic steroids and 500 grams or more of cocaine with the intent to distribute them, distributing anabolic steroids, and attempting to possess 500 grams or more of cocaine with the intent to distribute it. Jones has also been charged with possession of a firearm after conviction for a felony.

According to the allegations in the complaints and indictment, the defendants initially sold an undercover officer counterfeit Xanax. The tablets contained Alprazolam, which is the active ingredient in Xanax and is a Schedule IV controlled substance. In addition, Jones, who has a prior felony conviction, sold the undercover officer a ROMARM Wassenaar Arrangement Semiautomatic Rifles, a Romanian variant of the AK-47 rifle, for $1,000 cash. Fiore and Carbone then sold a second undercover officer various anabolic steroids. Carbone, with Fiore’s assistance, also attempted to buy a kilogram of cocaine from a second undercover officer. During the course of these drug dealings, Fiore also asked the undercover officer to kill an associate of Fiore’s and to “beat up” another associate.

Evidence at trial established that Burke and Garland created fictitious companies, including Next Level Development, and used an abandoned coin laundry in Delray Beach, to create an empire of fraudulently obtained investment properties. The abandoned coin laundry had a mailbox that served as the official address for the defendants, various fake companies, and other conspirators and fictitious individuals. Trial evidence established that Burke and Garland used fake documents, including false wage and tax documents, and false claims of employment and income, to obtain bank loans for investment properties in low-income neighborhoods. Garland was held out as the “President” of Next Level, and would sell properties to Burke, using his alias, “David Middleton.” The defendants would then enroll the properties in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Section 8 voucher program, and obtain proceeds from HUD and from low-income tenants. The defendants then used false claims of status for Burke and also for the fake name, “David Middleton,” as total and permanent disabled veterans to avoid property taxes on various fraudulently obtained properties. Burke and his fake alias were neither veterans nor disabled. Trial evidence established that the loans and rental proceeds totaled millions of dollars.

If convicted, Fiore faces maximum possible statutory sentences of 40 years in prison for conspiring to possess controlled substances with the intent to distribute them; 40 years in prison for attempting to possess cocaine with the intent to distribute it; 20 years in prison for conspiring to traffic in counterfeit Xanax; 20 years in prison for each of the four counts of trafficking in counterfeit Xanax; 10 years in prison for each of the two counts of distributing anabolic steroids; and five years in prison for each of the four counts of distributing Alprazolam.

If convicted, Jones faces maximum possible statutory sentences of 20 years in prison for conspiring to traffic in counterfeit Xanax; 20 years in prison for each of the two counts of trafficking in counterfeit Xanax; 10 years in prison for possession of a firearm after conviction for a felony; five years in prison for conspiring to possess Alprazolam with the intent to distribute it; and five years in prison for each of the three counts of distributing Alprazolam.

If convicted, Carbone faces maximum possible statutory sentences of 40 years in prison for conspiring to possess controlled substances with the intent to distribute them; 40 years in prison for attempting to possess cocaine with the intent to distribute it; 20 years in prison for conspiring to traffic in counterfeit Xanax; 20 years in prison for each of the four counts of trafficking in counterfeit Xanax; 10 years in prison for each of the three counts of distributing anabolic steroids; and five years in prison for each of the two counts of distributing Alprazolam.

Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of FDA–Office of Criminal Investigations and PBSO. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Marc Osborne.

An indictment and information is only an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.

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