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Sarasota County Heroin Dealer Sentenced To 20 Years In Federal Prison

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

Tampa, Florida - U.S. District Judge Richard A. Lazzara today sentenced Arlin Troncoso-Pena (33, Sarasota) to 20 years in federal prison for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, 100 grams or more of heroin. The court also ordered Troncoso-Pena to forfeit $3,005, proceeds of the offense. Troncoso-Pena pleaded guilty on March 29, 2013.

According to his plea agreement, in October 2010, Troncoso-Pena arranged for two females to travel from Boston to Florida with heroin. After Troncoso-Pena picked up the two females at the train station in Osceola County, his vehicle was stopped by law enforcement. One of the women in Troncoso-Pena's vehicle possessed heroin weighing approximately 150 grams.

In 2012, law enforcement authorities in Sarasota County learned that Troncoso-Pena was selling heroin as part of a conspiracy. In May 2012, law enforcement purchased a total of approximately 40 grams of heroin, after arranging the sales through Troncoso-Pena. In June 2012, during the execution of search warrant at a residence used by members of the conspiracy, approximately 35 grams of heroin and more than $5,000 were recovered. On that same date, Troncoso-Pena was arrested and found to be in possession of $3,005.

This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations, the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office, the Sarasota Police Department, the Osceola County Investigative Bureau, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO). It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Joseph W. Swanson.

Updated January 26, 2015