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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Florida

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, January 6, 2017

California Heroin And Fentanyl Traffickers Sentenced

Jacksonville, Florida – U.S. District Judge Timothy J. Corrigan today sentenced Luis Sandoval (34, Los Angeles, CA) and Miguel Sandoval (35, Inglewood, CA) to six years and three months in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute a kilogram or more of heroin. Miguel Sandoval pleaded guilty on August 22, 2016, and Luis Sandoval pleaded guilty on September 19, 2016.

According to court documents, during January 2016, a task force comprised of narcotics detectives from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office (JSO) and special agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) began investigating a significant heroin supplier based in Jacksonville. Agents and detectives intercepted and arrested the supplier, who had flown to Los Angeles and returned to Jacksonville aboard a Greyhound bus. The supplier was transporting one kilogram of heroin in his luggage, which was seized during the operation. As a result, law enforcement contacted the Sandoval brothers and arranged for the purchase of a kilogram of heroin and fentanyl in Los Angeles.

On April 20, 2016, JSO detectives, DEA and FBI agents from Jacksonville, and law enforcement officers from Los Angeles arrested the Sandoval brothers near Miguel’s home in Inglewood. A search warrant was executed at the home and law enforcement officers located more than a kilogram of fentanyl and a kilogram of heroin.

This case was investigated by the JSO, the DEA, and the FBI. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Frank Talbot.

Topic: 
Drug Trafficking
Updated January 6, 2017