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

Friday, February 8, 2019

Citizen Of Mexico And Leader Of Georgia-Based Drug Trafficking Organization Pleads Guilty To Conspiring To Distribute Large Amounts Of Methamphetamine In Central Florida

Orlando, Florida– Juan Alberto Flores-Jimenez (34, Tamaulipas, Mexico), a/k/a Juan Cantu, a/k/a Stoner, today pleaded guilty to conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. He faces a maximum penalty of life in federal prison. Flores-Jimenez is the eighteenth person to plead guilty as a result of a joint FBI and DEA investigation into drug trafficking organizations that supplied motorcycle clubs, including the Pagans Motorcycle Club, with distribution amounts of methamphetamine.

According to the plea agreement, Flores-Jimenez, an alien residing illegally within the United States, was the leader of a drug-trafficking-organization (DTO) distributing kilogram amounts of methamphetamine from Georgia to other DTOs located in central Florida. Flores-Jimenez obtained large amounts of methamphetamine from a DTO operating in Georgia. In some instances, members of different Florida-based DTOs traveled to Georgia to pick up large amounts of methamphetamine from the Flores-Jimenez DTO for further distribution in Florida. In other instances, runners associated with the Flores-Jimenez DTO transported large amounts of methamphetamine from Georgia to locations in Jacksonville and Daytona Beach. Members of the Flores-Jimenez DTO delivered the methamphetamine to individuals, who then further distributed the drugs to different groups and individuals in central Florida. Between April 2017 and September 13, 2018, Flores-Jimenez was responsible for distributing at least 4.5 kilograms of methamphetamine in the Middle District of Florida.

Flores-Jimenez, a native and citizen of Mexico, was ordered removed/deported from the United States in 2014 and 2015. On September 13, 2018, law enforcement arrested Flores-Jimenez and charged him will illegal reentry into the United States, after being previously removed. On January 2, 2019, in a separate case, he pleaded guilty to that charge. 

This case was investigated by the FBI, the DEA, the Volusia Bureau of Investigation, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, and the Daytona Beach Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Sean P. Shecter.

Drug Trafficking
Updated February 8, 2019