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FOUR SOUTH FLORIDA MEN CHARGED IN HEROIN TRAFFICKING RING

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 1, 2010

Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Mark R. Trouville, Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Miami Field Division, Anthony V. Mangione, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations, Miami Field Division, Chadwick E. Wagner, Chief, Hollywood Police Department, Patrick Lynn, Chief, Davie Police Department, Keith Dunn, Chief, Miramar Police Department, James K. Loftus, Director, Miami-Dade Police Department, Al Lamberti, Sheriff, Broward County Sheriff’s Office, and John T. Czernis, Director, Florida Highway Patrol, announce a seven count indictment against four individuals, charging them with narcotics trafficking for their participation in a conspiracy to possess and distribute multi-kilogram quantities of heroin. Charged in the indictment are:

Jose Wilson Ayala, a/k/a “Junito,” a/k/a “Juanito,” a/k/a “Juni,” a/k/a “Junior,” 35, of Davie, FL;
Jose Alonso Escobar, a/k/a “Colombia,” a/k/a “Flaco,” 28, of Miami, FL;
Juan Luis Sanchez Valdez, 43, of Hollywood, FL; and
Marko Roude, age 28, of Davie, FL;

The indictment charges all four defendants with conspiracy to distribute more than one kilogram of heroin from March 2009 through October 14, 2010, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 846 (Count 1). The indictment also charges a number of individual counts of distribution and possession with intent to distribute heroin on specific dates, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 841 (Counts 2-7). In addition, the indictment seeks the forfeiture of four vehicles used to facilitate the illegal narcotics trafficking and property constituting or derived from the proceeds of the defendants’ drug trafficking.

If convicted, the defendants face a minimum of 10 years to life on the conspiracy charge, a minimum of 5 years to 40 years on count 7 and between 0 to 20 years on the remaining counts of distribution and possession with intent to distribute. The case has been assigned to U.S. District Court Judge James I. Cohn.

Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of the DEA, ICE Homeland Security Investigations in Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood Police Department, Davie Police Department, Miramar Police Department, and Miami-Dade Police Department. Mr. Ferrer also thanked the Broward County Sheriff’s Office and Florida Highway Patrol for their assistance in this matter. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer C. Millien.

An indictment is only an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless 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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