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Multi-Kilogram Fentanyl Trafficker Convicted At Trial

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

Tampa, Florida – A federal jury has found Wilis A. Santiago Rivera (60, St. Petersburg) guilty of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute 400 grams or more of fentanyl. Santiago faces a minimum mandatory penalty of 10 years, and up to life, in federal prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set.

Santiago had been indicted on September 12, 2019.

According to evidence presented at trial, Santiago Rivera was intercepted on a court-authorized wiretap coordinating payment for 2 kilograms of fentanyl that he had previously received on consignment. Other intercepted calls captured Santiago Rivera’s attempts to sell additional kilograms of fentanyl.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and the Tampa Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Callan Albritton.

This case was part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach. Additional information about the OCDETF Program can be found at



Updated July 30, 2021

Drug Trafficking