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Eighteenth Member Of Massive Drug Conspiracy Convicted At Trial

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Florida

Fort Myers, Florida – United States Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez announces that a federal jury today found Elizabeth Kuc (47, North Fort Myers) guilty of one count of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, including cocaine base, fentanyl, and heroin, and two counts of distributing controlled substances. Kuc faces a maximum penalty of 40 years in federal prison for the conspiracy charge and up to 20 years’ imprisonment for each count of distributing controlled substances. Her sentencing hearing has been set for January 13, 2020. 

According to court documents and evidence at trial, Kuc, who was known by various other names, including “Auntie,” was a dealer working for a large drug distribution ring operating for years in the Suncoast Estates neighborhood of North Fort Myers.  The organization was headed and supplied by Tony Wilson, Jr. (also known as “Big Homie” and “Caine”) and occupied several houses and trailer homes in Suncoast Estates. Inside those residences, dealers worked side-by-side to distribute drugs to customers. During the investigation, law enforcement conducted dozens of undercover drug purchases from dealers at the drug houses. Agents also executed multiple search warrants resulting in the seizure of tens of thousands of dollars, multiple firearms, and large quantities of crack cocaine, heroin, and fentanyl. The evidence showed that the organization often generated more than $10,000 per day in sales. Kuc’s residence in Suncoast Estates was often used to manufacture and store the crack cocaine before it was distributed among the nearby houses.

Seventeen others previously pleaded guilty for their roles in the drug ring: 

Name Charge(s) Case Status

Tony Wilson, Jr.

(31, Lehigh Acres)

Conspiracy to distribute controlled substances; distribution of controlled substances; and firearms offenses

Pleaded guilty, faces up to life in federal prison.

Monique Moore

(47, North Fort Myers)

Conspiracy to distribute controlled substances

Pleaded guilty, faces up to life in federal prison.

Patrick Graham

(25, Labelle)

Conspiracy to distribute controlled substances

Pleaded guilty, faces up to 40 years in federal prison.

Michael Perez

(38, North Fort Myers)

Conspiracy to distribute controlled substances

Pleaded guilty, faces up to 40 years in federal prison.

James Estrella

(50, North Fort Myers)

Conspiracy to distribute controlled substances

Pleaded guilty, faces up to 40 years in federal prison.

Danielle Hallmon

(32, Pine Island)

Conspiracy to distribute controlled substances

Pleaded guilty, faces up to 40 years in federal prison.

Dorothy Rochford

(27, North Fort Myers)

Conspiracy to distribute controlled substances

Pleaded guilty, faces up to 40 years in federal prison.

Darniel Williams

(24, Labelle)

Conspiracy to distribute controlled substances

Pleaded guilty, faces up to 40 years in federal prison.

Kenneth Tippins

(48, North Fort Myers)

Conspiracy to distribute controlled substances

Pleaded guilty, faces up to 40 years in federal prison.

Eileen Smith

(22, Labelle)

Conspiracy to distribute controlled substances

Pleaded guilty, faces up to 40 years in federal prison.

Malik Timbers

(26, St. Petersburg)

Conspiracy to distribute controlled substances

Pleaded guilty, faces up to 40 years in federal prison.

Christopher Connor

(30, Labelle)

Conspiracy to distribute controlled substances

Pleaded guilty, faces up to 20 years in federal prison.

William Thomas

(26, Labelle)

Conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and distribution of controlled substances

Pleaded guilty, faces up to 40 years in federal prison.

Tyrome Wright

(46, North Fort Myers)

Conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and distribution of controlled substances

Pleaded guilty, faces up to 40 years in federal prison.

Jeffrey Beard, II

(29, Labelle)

Conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and distribution of controlled substances

Pleaded guilty, faces up to 40 years in federal prison.

Michelle Gladys

(49, North Fort Myers)

Distribution of a controlled substance

Sentenced to 33 months in federal prison.

Samantha Badger

(23, North Fort Myers)

Distribution of a controlled substance

Sentenced to 15 months in federal prison.

 

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Lee County Sheriff’s Office. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Michael Leeman and Trent Reichling.

Updated October 17, 2019

Topic
Drug Trafficking