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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Ohio

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Two charged in federal court after law enforcement officials seize more than 85 pounds of suspected cocaine in Toledo

The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Toledo Resident Agency, the Toledo Metro Drug Task Force, the Drug Enforcement Administration's Northwest Ohio Drug Task Force and the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Ohio announce the arrest of two individuals for possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance and the seizure of approximately 39 kilograms of suspected cocaine.

Through investigative means a federal search warrant was obtained and executed on May 10, 2017, at 814 Stillman in Toledo. Law enforcement officials seized approximately 39 kilograms of suspected cocaine, with an approximate street value of $1.5 million, and approximately $27,000 in currency during the execution of the search warrant.

Jose Rios Uzveta, age 40, and Cesario Perez, age 58, were taken into federal custody pursuant to the search warrant. Both had their initial appearances this morning in federal court and both were detained. Uzveta and Perez are expected to have their next federal court appearance on May 18.

This case is being investigated by members of the FBI's Toledo Resident Agency, the Toledo Metro Drug Task Force and the DEA Northwest Ohio Drug Task Force.

A complaint is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. The defendants are entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Any questions regarding this news release can be directed to SA Vicki D Anderson at the Cleveland Office of the FBI, 216-522-1400 or Vicki.Anderson@ic.fbi.gov.

Drug Trafficking
Mike Tobin michael.tobin@usdoj.gov 216.622.3651
Updated May 12, 2017