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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Florida

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, July 26, 2018

Lake Worth Resident Pleads Guilty to Distributing Heroin, Carfentanyl and Cocaine

Benjamin G. Greenberg, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Adolphus P.  Wright, Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and Ric Bradshaw, Sheriff of the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office (PBSO), announced that Roberto Paul Mendoza, 28, of Palm Beach County, pled guilty yesterday to three counts of distribution of heroin, carfentanyl, and cocaine, one count of possession with intent to distribute heroin, and one count of knowingly possessing a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking. 

According to the court record, on three occasions Mendoza sold heroin mixed with carfentanyl and cocaine to an undercover police officer.  Thereafter, during the execution of a search warrant of Mendoza’s residence more than 100 grams of heroin and a firearm were discovered and seized by law enforcement. 

For the counts of conviction, Mendoza faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years to life in prison.  Mendoza is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Donald M. Middlebrooks on September 25, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. in West Palm Beach. 

Mr. Greenberg commended the investigative efforts of the DEA and PBSO for their assistance in this matter. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer C. Nucci.

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 on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.

Updated July 26, 2018