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Three Plead Guilty To Conspiring To Distribute Cocaine Using The United States Mail

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

PENSACOLA, FLORIDA – Omar Josue Morales-Rodriguez, 44, of Freeport, Florida, Marcos Aguilar Gonzalez, 39, of Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, and Edmar Agustin Gonzalez, 33, of Crestview, Florida, each entered guilty pleas to one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine. Morales-Rodriguez and Aguilar Gonzalez also pled guilty to an additional count of distribution and possession with intent to distribute cocaine.  Morales-Rodriguez also pled guilty to an additional count of possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon. The pleas were announced by Jason R. Coody, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida.

  Evidence introduced at the plea hearings established that between October 2019, and June 13, 2023, the three conspired together and with others to ship cocaine via the United States Mail from Puerto Rico to the Northern District of Florida.  During the investigation, law enforcement seized four (4) packages that were shipped via the United States Mail, of which, three contained one (1) kilogram of cocaine each and one contained 125 grams of cocaine. The investigation further revealed that twenty (20) United States Mail packages, believed to contain cocaine, were shipped as part of the conspiracy from Puerto Rico to various addresses in Okaloosa and Walton County. Those packages were similar in weight and size to the packages seized that contained one (1) kilogram of cocaine each. Evidence introduced at the plea hearings further established that a search of a storage unit in Walton County led to the seizure of four (4) firearms and various rounds of ammunition that were unlawfully possessed by Morales-Rodriguez. Evidence introduced at the time of the plea hearings established that Morales-Rodriguez is a convicted felon had been previously convicted in federal court in Puerto Rico for possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon.  Evidence introduced at the plea hearings established that Morales-Rodriguez conspired to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine, and Aguilar Gonzalez and Agustin Gonzalez each conspired to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine.

Sentencing hearings have been scheduled for May 23, 2024, and June 6, 2024.  Morales-Rodriguez faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment with a maximum term of life, and up to a lifetime of supervised release following any imprisonment.  Aguilar Gonzalez and Agustin Gonzalez each could face a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years’ imprisonment with a maximum term of 40 years’ imprisonment, and up to a lifetime of supervised release following any imprisonment.

The case resulted from a joint investigation by the Walton County Sheriff’s Office, the United States Postal Inspection Service, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Florida Highway Patrol.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney J. Ryan Love.

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Florida is one of 94 offices that serve as the nation’s principal litigators under the direction of the Attorney General. To access public court documents online, please visit the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida website. For more information about the United States Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Florida, visit http://www.justice.gov/usao/fln/index.html.

Contact

United States Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Florida
(850) 216-3845
libby.lastinger@usdoj.gov
X: @NDFLnew

Updated March 21, 2024

Topics
Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses