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Press Release

California man and Miami woman charged in the murder of a victim at Aladdin Hotel in Miami

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

MIAMI – On June 20, Jimmy Sanchez, 36, of San Diego, Calif., and Tsvia Kol, 36, of Miami were charged in the execution-style murder of a victim at the Aladdin Hotel in Miami. The indictment charges both Sanchez and Kol with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance, discharge of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense, and causing a death in the course of the drug trafficking conspiracy.

On November 29, 2022, the victim was lured to the Aladdin Hotel by Kol, who demanded to know the whereabouts of a missing methamphetamine package she believed the victim stole. Kol arranged for Sanchez to fly to Miami, from San Diego, to assist her with locating the missing package and the subsequent murder of the victim. Law enforcement discovered the victim lying in the hotel room with two gunshot wounds to the face and head. 

If convicted at trial, Sanchez and Kol face a mandatory sentence of life in prison, up to life of supervised release, and up to $10,000,000 in fines.

U.S. Attorney Markenzy Lapointe for the Southern District of Florida, Special Agent in Charge Deanne L. Reuter of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Miami Field Division, and Director Stephanie V. Daniels of the Miami-Dade Police Department (MDPD) made the announcement.

DEA Miami Field Division and MDPD investigated the case. FBI, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Miami, and U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS), Miami Division assisted with this matter. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Yara Dodin and Monica Castro are prosecuting it. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mitchell Hyman is handling asset forfeiture.

An indictment contains mere allegations, and all defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

You may find a copy of this press release (and any updates) on the website of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida at www.justice.gov/usao-sdfl.

Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at www.flsd.uscourts.gov or at http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov under case number 24-cr-20149.

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U.S. Attorney’s Office

Southern District of Florida

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Updated June 20, 2024

Topics
Drug Trafficking
Violent Crime