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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, February 2, 2017

Federal Jury Convicts Three Brothers And Their Associate In A Massive Heroin Conspiracy

Fort Myers, FL – United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that a federal jury has found three brothers from Cape Coral, Gorge Antonio Vargas (34), Javier Martin Villar (47), and Daniel Vargas (32), and an associate, Zacharias Abab Aguedo (36, Fort Myers), guilty of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin. The jury also found Gorge Vargas, Daniel Vargas, and Zacharias Abab Aguedo guilty of possession with the intent to distribute, and distribution of heroin. Javier Martin Villar previously pleaded to the same charge. Each faces a minimum mandatory penalty of 10 years, up to life, in federal prison. The sentencing hearings have been set for May 15, 2017.

 

According to evidence presented at trial, between January 1, 2013, and September 2, 2015, Gorge Vargas was the leader of the conspiracy that distributed massive quantities of heroin from a drug house located on Dean Street in the Tice neighborhood of Fort Myers. Vargas’s brother, Javier Martin Villar, joined the conspiracy in 2013, and his other brother, Daniel Vargas, joined the conspiracy in 2015. The brothers would receive large amounts of heroin from Chicago, repackage it into smaller baggies, and then distribute it in Fort Myers for $20 per bag.

 

As part of this case, deputies from the Lee County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) seized more than 1.35 kilograms (approximately 3 pounds) of uncut heroin. At the time of the seizure, this was the largest single seizure of heroin in LCSO history. In addition, several firearms were recovered, including a pistol-grip style AK-47, two semi-automatic firearms, and one revolver, all of which were located in close proximity to distribution amounts of heroin. LCSO also seized multiple vehicles and more than $40,000 in connection with this heroin distribution conspiracy.

 

This case was investigated by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office Field Support Unit and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Violent Crimes Task Force. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Charles Schmitz and Simon R. Eth.

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Drug Trafficking
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Updated February 2, 2017