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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Grenada National Pleads Guilty To Importation Of Cocaine On Cruise Ship

Orlando, Florida – United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that Isherman Tafari (32, New York) has pleaded guilty to importing 5 kilograms or more of cocaine into the United States. He faces a minimum mandatory penalty of 10 years, up to life, in federal prison.

According to the plea agreement, on June 20, 2014, Tafari departed Port Canaveral on an eight-day cruise to the southern Caribbean.  When the ship returned to Port Canaveral on June 28, 2014, federal agents and local law enforcement officers searched Tafari’s luggage and discovered packages containing a white, powdery substance that tested positive for cocaine. The gross weight of the cocaine was determined to be approximately 5,450 grams.

This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Embry J. Kidd.

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Updated January 26, 2015