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California and Ohio Residents Sentenced to More than 5 Years in Prison for Trafficking Methamphetamine

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

Residents of California and Ohio were sentenced to more than five years in federal prison today for trafficking more than fifteen kilograms of methamphetamine into Florida.

Benjamin G. Greenberg, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida; Mark Selby, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI), Miami Field Office; and Scott Israel, Sheriff, Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO), made the announcement.

Ricardo Zavala, 24, of California, and Jeffery Clevenger, 65, of Ohio, were each sentenced to 78 months in prison, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release, by Senior United States District Judge William J. Zloch.  Previously, Zavala and Clevenger each pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, in violation to Title 21, United States Code, Sections 846 and 841(b)(1)(A). 

            According to the court record, including information presented at the sentencing hearing, Zavala and Clevenger arranged to travel to the Southern District of Florida from California to sell more than fifteen kilograms of methamphetamine.  The defendants traveled by car to a Broward County hotel with the methamphetamine, on November 20, 2017.  The defendants subsequently transported the narcotics and were taken into custody. 

            Mr. Greenberg commended the investigative efforts of ICE-HSI and BSO.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Randy Katz.

Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at or on

Updated April 19, 2018