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Plant City Man Pleads Guilty To Mexican Methamphetamine Drug Conspiracy

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

Tampa, Florida – United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces that Ubertino Zavala-Perez (58, Plant City) today pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Zavala-Perez faces a maximum penalty of life in federal prison. A sentencing date has not yet been scheduled.

According to the plea agreement, Zavala-Perez conspired with individuals in Mexico and others to distribute and import methamphetamine from Mexico. On March 30, 2022, Zavala-Perez sold half a kilogram of methamphetamine imported from Mexico to a confidential informant for $3,750. Two days later, Zavala-Perez agreed to sell one kilogram of methamphetamine to a confidential informant. After his arrest, Zavala-Perez admitted to receiving methamphetamine from coconspirators in Mexico and elsewhere in the United States, and further admitted to storing the drugs in a storage unit and at his residence in Plant City.  

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Plant City Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David W.A. Chee.

Updated September 1, 2022

Drug Trafficking