SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Today, Jaime Dávila-Reyes, aka “Peluche,” was sentenced to 21 years in prison for drug trafficking and firearm violations, announced Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez, United States Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico. On June 12, 2015, the defendant plead guilty to four counts from three separate indictments, charging conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances. He also plead guilty to using and carrying firearms during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime.
Since the year 2006, and continuing up to and until the return of the Indictment in Criminal Case 09-390(ADC), Jaime Dávila-Reyes and others, did knowingly and intentionally, combine, conspire, and agree with each other and with diverse other persons known and unknown to knowingly and intentionally possess with intent to distribute, heroin, cocaine, cocaine base, and marihuana in protected locations throughout the Municipality of Naguabo and Caguas, Puerto Rico, specifically in Ignacio Morales-Dávila Public Housing Project in Naguabo and Jose Gautier-Benítez in Caguas, Puerto Rico.
In the second indictment, Criminal Case 13-435(FAB), the object of the conspiracy was to distribute controlled substances at the Gautier Benitez Public Housing Project for financial gain and profit. Dávila-Reyes was a leader of the drug trafficking organization and controlled the drug distribution points located at the Gautier Benitez Public Housing Project.
In the third indictment, Criminal Case 13-534(CCC), the object of the conspiracy was to distribute controlled substances at the Morales Ward, in the Municipality of Caguas for significant financial gain and profit. As a leader in Barriada Morales, Dávila-Reyes was in control of the drug distribution points. He directly supervised the operations at Barriada Morales, received the proceeds from the distribution of narcotics sold during the span of his leadership in the conspiracy and was in charge of maintaining control of all the drug distribution activities. He also received payment or “rent” from other drug point owners in Barriada Morales. He also acted as an enforcer and supplier within the conspiracy.
“The U.S. Attorney’s Office will continue working along with state and federal law enforcement agencies to investigate and prosecute criminals who deprive our communities of a peaceful and safe environment,” said Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez, U.S. Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico. “I commend our prosecutors and investigative agencies who did not rest until they were able to arrest Davila-Reyes and successfully bring him to justice.”
The defendant was sentenced by United States District Court Chief Judge Aida Delgado-Colón. The cases were being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys César Rivera-Giraud, Alberto López-Rocafort and Teresa Zapata-Valladares.