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Middle District of Florida

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, December 21, 2018

Three Ocala Men Sentenced For Heroin Conspiracy

Ocala, FL – U.S. District Judge Roy B. Dalton, Jr. has sentenced Juan Pablo Malagon-Alvarez (41, Ocala) to 11 years and 4 months in federal prison for conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin and for possessing with the intent to distribute heroin. The court also sentenced Jose Lucio Mendoza Servin (36, Ocala) and Aurelio Gomez-Andrade (41, Ocala) to 10 years in federal prison each for their roles in the conspiracy. The court also sentenced each to 5 years of supervised release following their prison sentences, unless they are deported after release from prison. 

On August 24, 2018, Malagon-Alvarez, Mendoza Servin, and Gomez-Andrade were found guilty following a federal jury trial in Ocala.  

According to testimony and other evidence presented at trial, between June 2015 and December 14, 2017, Malagon-Alvarez distributed multiple ounces of heroin on a weekly or bi-monthly basis to two Ocala drug dealers. During several of these transactions, Mendoza Servin and Gomez-Andrade assisted Malagon-Alvarez. The drug deals typically occurred on horse farms in Ocala. One cooperating witness obtained 49 grams of heroin from Malagon-Alvarez on June 16, 2017.      

The case was investigated by the Gainesville resident office of the Drug Enforcement Administration, with assistance from the Ocala Police Department, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, and the Marion County Unified Drug Enforcement Strike Team. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Dale Campion.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Opioids
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Updated December 21, 2018