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TEN SOUTH FLORIDA MEN CHARGED AND ARRESTED FOR COCAINE TRAFFICKING

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 20, 2010

Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Mark R. Trouville, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Miami Field Division, Anthony V. Mangione, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations, Miami Field Office, Randy Donnelson, Director of Air Operations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Sidney K. Aki, Director of Field Operations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, James K. Loftus, Director, Miami-Dade Police Department, Richard Naue, Chief, Coral Gables Police Department, and Gary Knowles, Chief, West Miami Police Department, announced the arrests of defendants Michel De La Osa, 37, of Miami, Ariel Amaro, 37, of Miami, Ramon Gonzalez, 35, of Miami, Irenardo Labarte, 55, of Coral Gables, Yoan Diaz, 35, of Plantation, Fernando Hernandez, 56, of Hialeah Gardens, and Nivio Chaple, 38, Jose Reigosa, 52, Adonis Reigosa-Lorente, 27, and Mario Lastre, 36, all of Hialeah. The defendants were indicted on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 846, and possession with intent to distribute cocaine, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 841 (a) (1).

This case is the result of a DEA-led multi-agency operation targeting a cocaine trafficking ring responsible for importing cocaine from Juarez, Mexico to the United States through El Paso, Texas and into South Florida. After the cocaine arrived in South Florida, the defendants are charged with distributing the cocaine throughout South and Central Florida. To date, this operation has resulted in nineteen (19) arrests and seven (7) convictions. Agents have also seized 25 kilograms of cocaine, more than $1.5 million in cash and jewelry, and several luxury vehicles.

Mr. Ferrer thanked the DEA, ICE, CBP, Miami-Dade Police Department, Coral Gables Police Department, and the West Miami Police Department for their work in this case. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Karlyn J. Hunter.

An indictment is only an accusation, and each defendant is presumed innocent 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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