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Thirteen Defendants Plead Guilty to Drug Trafficking Charges

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 22, 2013

Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Mark R. Trouville, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Miami Field Division, Hugo J. Barrera, Special Agent in Charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Miami Field Office, and Alysa D. Erichs, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigation (ICE-HSI), announce that thirteen defendants pled guilty to drug trafficking charges yesterday before U.S. District Judge Ursula Ungaro. Sentencing for the defendants is scheduled for February 21, 2014.

The defendants that pled guilty are:

Jose Alberto Ontivero Monte de Oca, aka “Pariente,” aka “El Viejo,” aka “Papito,” 54, of Hialeah, Florida;
Pedro Farach, 45, of Hialeah, Florida;
Jaime Maldonado Ramos, aka “Oggie,” 46, of Homestead, Florida;
Mitchael Cabanas, 43, of Miami, Florida;
Jose Alfredo Villarreal, aka “Alfredito,” 40, of Naples, Florida;
Roberto Perez, aka “Rodo,” 46, of Pembroke Pines, Florida;
Juan Enrique Martinez, 50, of Miami, Florida;
Alberto Arregoitia Lorenzo, aka “Lorenzo Arregoitia,” 61, of Miami, Florida;
Miguel Angel Desdin, aka “Miguelon,” 59, of Hialeah, Florida;
Vladimir Mir-Medina, aka “Vladimir Medina,” aka “Vladimir Mir,” 50, of Miami, Florida;
Miguel Cruz, 49, of Hialeah, Florida;
Manuel Bautista Alvarez, 53, of Miami, Florida; and
Hernan Rodriguez Alfaro, aka “Iran,” 40, of Cutler Bay, Florida.

Defendants Pedro Farach, Jaime Maldonado Ramos, Mitchael Cabanas, Juan Enrique Martinez, Alberto Arregoitia Lorenzo, Miguel Angel Desdin, Miguel Cruz, and Manuel Bautista Alvarez pled guilty to Count 1 of a Second Superseding Information charging them with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute over 500 grams of cocaine, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 846. Defendants Vladimir Mir-Medina and Jose Alfredo Villarreal pled guilty to Count 2 of a Second Superseding Information charging them with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a quantity of cocaine, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 846. Defendant Roberto Perez pled guilty to Count 8 of a Superseding Indictment charging him with possession with intent to distribute over 500 grams of cocaine, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 841(a)(1). Defendant Hernan Rodriguez Alfaro pled guilty to Count 4 of a Superseding Indictment charging him with possession with intent to distribute a quantity of cocaine, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 841(a)(1). Lead defendant Jose Alberto Ontivero Monte de Oca pled guilty to Count 1 of the Superseding Indictment charging him with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute over 5 kilograms of cocaine, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 846.

At sentencing, defendants Pedro Farach, Jaime Maldonado Ramos, Mitchael Cabanas, Juan Enrique Martinez, Alberto Arregoitia Lorenzo, Miguel Angel Desdin, Miguel Cruz, Manuel Bautista Alvarez, and Roberto Perez face a minimum mandatory term of 5 years in prison and a maximum term of up to 40 years in prison. Defendants Vladimir Mir-Medina, Jose Alfredo Villarreal, and Hernan Rodriguez Alfaro face a maximum term of up to 20 years in prison. Lead defendant Jose Alberto Ontivero Monte de Oca faces a minimum mandatory term of 10 years in prison and a maximum term of up to life in prison.

The other defendants charged in this case are Rayko Enrique Rubi, 40, of Davie, Florida; Ramon Martinez II, 37, of Hialeah, Florida; and Rafael Luis Ramos Lopez, aka “Lou,” 46, of Miami, Florida, and are scheduled to go to trial on January 13, 2014.

According to court documents, this conspiracy involved multiple kilograms of cocaine distributed in the Greater Miami area, specifically in the cities of Hialeah and Homestead, between September 2011 and September 2013. During the course of the investigation, law enforcement seized over two kilograms of cocaine, over $170,000.00 in U.S. currency, four firearms, and over ten vehicles.

Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of the DEA, ATF and ICE-HSI. Mr. Ferrer also commended the U.S. Marshals Service, the Miami-Dade Police Department, the Coral Gables Police Department, the Hialeah Police Department, the Homestead Police Department, and the West Miami Police Department for their assistance in this investigation. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Elisa Castrolugo.

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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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