TWO FLORIDA RESIDENTS ARRESTED AND CHARGED IN COCAINE CONSPIRACY
Jeffrey H. Sloman, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and Anthony V. Mangione, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Office of Investigations, announced today that Ronald Earl Landrum, 61, of Miramar, Florida, and Charles Edward Norman, 59, of Rotunda West, Florida, were arrested by ICE special agents on a criminal complaint issued by U.S. Magistrate Judge Lurana S. Snow on January 9, 2010. The defendants made their initial appearance in Fort Lauderdale, Florida today, and a pretrial detention hearing is scheduled for January 14, 2010.
Specifically, the complaint charges Landrum and Norman with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and possession with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 846 and 841(a)(1). According to the complaint, ICE special agents found approximately 335 kilogram-sized packages of cocaine hidden in a secret compartment onboard a 32 foot sailboat with the name “See Ya.”
This case is being investigated by ICE's Office of Investigations in Ft. Lauderdale with the assistance of U.S. Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine units, City of Fort Lauderdale Police Department, and the Broward Sheriff’s Office Strategic Investigations Division. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Laurie Rucoba.
A Complaint is only an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
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.