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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Puerto Rico

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, January 16, 2015

Javier Carrillo, Aka “Cara Ancha” Arrested For Drug Trafficking And Money Laundering

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Yesterday, defendant Javier Carrillo was arrested upon his arrival to the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport from the Dominican Republic. Carrillo supplied multi-kilogram loads of cocaine to the group of 10 defendants indicted on July 16, 2014, operation Voodoo Sam II, by a federal grand jury in the District of Puerto Rico, charged with distribution of a controlled substance for purpose of unlawful importation, announced Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez, United States Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico.  The Drug Enforcement Administration is in charge of the investigation.

Carrillo is facing three charges: distribution of a controlled substance for the purpose of unlawful importation, conspiracy to import a controlled substance, and conspiracy to launder monetary instruments.
  
The indictment alleges that beginning in 2005, the organization distributed wholesale and retail amounts of cocaine throughout Puerto Rico and continental United States. The defendants would obtain large amounts of cocaine in Saint Martin, Netherlands Antilles, which was then transported to Puerto Rico on board maritime vessels, commercial cargo planes, and private aircraft. They would also transport large sums of U.S. currency via aircraft and motor vessel to Saint Martin for the purchase of large quantities of cocaine and use the blackberry messenger application as well as other means of communication to communicate with each other.

According to the indictment, in or about the year 2010, the defendants conspired to transport more than $12,000,000 in United States currency from Puerto Rico to Saint Martin, Netherland Antilles, knowing that the monetary instruments of funds involved in the transportation represented the proceeds of dealing in controlled substances.

In addition to the money judgment of 127 million dollars the defendants are facing, they have to forfeit properties utilized to facilitate the commission of the offense including two airplanes, an Aerostar-601 and a Cessna 340A.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Mariana Bauzà is in charge of the prosecution of the case.  If convicted the defendants face a minimum sentence of 10 years up to life in prison.

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Updated April 10, 2015