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Press Release

Three Individuals Indicted and Arrested for Conspiracy to Distribute Fentanyl and Cocaine and for Selling Machineguns

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – On November 27, 2023, a federal grand jury in the District of Puerto Rico returned an 18-count indictment charging three individuals with conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute fentanyl and cocaine, distribution of fentanyl and cocaine, possession of machineguns in furtherance of drug trafficking activities, and other firearms-related offenses.

According to court documents, Miguel A. Figueroa-Rodríguez, a/k/a “Tote,” José A. Torres-Narvaez, a/k/a “El Menor,” and Taishia L. Figueroa-Cruz, beginning on a date unknown, but no later than August 22, 2023, conspired with each other and with others to knowingly distribute and possess with intent to distribute fentanyl and cocaine, possession of firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking offenses, as well as engaging in the business of dealing in firearms without a license. Defendant Torres-Narvaez is also charged with being a felon in possession of firearms.

“Disrupting drug trafficking networks is vitally important to our ongoing effort to combat the fentanyl crisis in America and save lives,” said W. Stephen Muldrow, U.S. Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico. “Our office will prosecute those who traffic in fentanyl and machineguns to the fullest extent of the law.”

“The opioid crisis is taking the lives of Americans every single day and our mission here in Puerto Rico is to protect our people from this national tragedy,” said Joseph González, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI San Juan Field Office. “The subjects in this case made it their business to deal kilos of pure fentanyl, so we had to act quickly. Rest assured our work here is only just beginning.”

During the conspiracy the charged individuals engaged in the following series of transactions:

  • On August 25, 2023, they sold to the FBI approximately half a kilogram of fentanyl and a fully automatic firearm. (Below: photograph of fully automatic firearm and approximately half a kilogram of fentanyl seized in August 2023).

  • On September 22 and September 26, 2023, they sold to the FBI approximately one  kilogram of cocaine and a fully automatic firearm. (Below:  photograph of message offering to sell rifle; photographs of approximately 1 kilogram of cocaine, and a fully automatic firearm seized in September 2023).

  • On October 16, 2023, they sold to the FBI approximately one eighth of a kilogram of a substance that tested positive to fentanyl, a Glock firearm, and an AR-Type Privately Made Firearm (“PMF”).  (Below: photographs of seized Glock firearm, an AR-Type Privately Made Firearm (“PMF”), and approximately 1/8th of a kilogram of a substance that tested positive to fentanyl).