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Inmate at FCI Miami pleads guilty to possession with intent to distribute cocaine inside a federal prison

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

MIAMI – On March 21, an inmate serving a 60-month sentence at the Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) Miami pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute.

During a routine search at FCI Miami, correctional officers found Pedro Jose Collazo-Prieto with more than 50 grams of cocaine, divided among 21 plastic baggies, and one larger, unsealed plastic bag, also containing cocaine. In addition to the cocaine, Collazo-Prieto was found with more than 17 grams of marijuana.

The sentencing hearing is scheduled for May 31 before U.S. District Judge Jose E. Martinez. Collazo-Prieto faces up to 20 years in federal prison.

U.S. Attorney Markenzy Lapointe for the Southern District of Florida, Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey B. Veltri of FBI, Miami Field Office, and Warden Grant Heuett of FCI, Bureau of Prisons (BOP) made the announcement.

FBI Miami, Homestead Resident Agency, and BOP, Special Investigative Section (SIS), investigated the case. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Noonan-Pomada is prosecuting the case. 

Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at or at, under case number 23-cr-20456.



Public Affairs Unit

U.S. Attorney’s Office

Southern District of Florida

Updated March 22, 2024

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