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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Leader Of Drug Trafficking Organization Sentenced For Conspiracy To Distribute Methamphetamine

Tampa, Florida – United States District Judge Charlene E. Honeywell has sentenced Isaias Villa, a/k/a “Fish” (44, Duluth, GA) to 21 years and 10 months in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.  He pleaded guilty in February 2016.

According to court documents, Villa began obtaining methamphetamine from Georgia in approximately 2013. He arranged for shipments of multiple kilograms of methamphetamine to be delivered to others in the Polk County area.  He then directed co-conspirators to collect the drug proceeds and transport them to him in Georgia.

On September 3, 2015, Villa was arrested in a Winter Haven motel room. He had in his possession close to a half kilogram of methamphetamine and more than $30,000.  On September 8, 2015, while in the Polk County Jail, Villa was recorded calling co-conspirators regarding the delivery of drug proceeds and methamphetamine.  An additional $42,000 in drug proceeds was recovered as a result of those calls.

To date, the investigation has resulted in the federal convictions of five individuals and the seizure of approximately two kilograms of methamphetamine, more than $100,000, and homemade explosives.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Dan Baeza.

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Drug Trafficking
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Updated May 4, 2016