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Lakeland Man Pleads Guilty To Cocaine Offense

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

Orlando, FL – United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces that Christian Noel Medina Torres (35, Lakeland) has pleaded guilty to possession with the intent to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine. Medina Torres faces a minimum mandatory penalty of 10 years in federal prison. His sentencing hearing is set for May 7, 2024.

According to the plea agreement, an undercover agent with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) arranged to sell Medina Torres 10 kilograms of cocaine in exchange for two Can-Am off-road vehicles and any cash Medina Torres could provide. On April 17, 2023, Medina Torres arrived in Volusia County with the two off-road vehicles and approximately $6,000 in cash. In exchange, the undercover agent provided Medina Torres a bag containing 10 kilograms of cocaine. After Medina Torres took the bag and began walking away, he was taken into custody.

This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Courtney D. Richardson-Jones and Megan Testerman.


Updated February 7, 2024

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