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Fla. A.G. Pam Bondi announces breakup of international drug trafficking operation

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pam bondiFlorida Attorney General Pam Bondi announced Wednesday the arrest of a number of co-conspirators involved in a drug smuggling ring stretching from South America to New York.

Drug Enforcement Administration agents from the Orlando district office served arrest warrants this week in Puerto Rico, Orlando and New York, resulting in the arrest of 10 members of a international drug trafficking organization that used the U.S. Postal Service to move money and drugs, according to the statement.

Agents also seized cocaine, heroin, money, vehicles and guns, including an AK-47.

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The case involved large amounts of cocaine and heroin being trafficked from South America, through Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, into Florida, Massachusetts and New York.

“This case is the result of a tremendous collaborative effort to dismantle an international drug ring, and my Office of Statewide Prosecution will work closely with the DEA, the U.S. Postal Service, and others to prosecute these individuals,” said Attorney General Bondi.

The release further stated:

Angel Maldonado Gonzalez is the alleged leader of the organization and lived part-time in New York and Puerto Rico. An investigation by the DEA and other federal organizations, including the United States Postal Service, revealed that Gonzalez and his co-conspirators were sealing cocaine and drug money in cans and utilizing the United States Postal Service to transport the drugs undetected.

“The Gonzalez drug smuggling organization ran a highly sophisticated business while it lasted. Now they will face justice in multiple jurisdictions. The DEA is committed to working with our federal and state law enforcement partners to combat the drug dealers who unfortunately infect so many communities,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge Mark R. Trouville. “The DEA would like to thank Attorney General Bondi and the Office of Statewide Prosecution for being such a prominent and loyal partner in our efforts to disrupt and dismantle these drug traffickers and stem the violence associated with their illegal activities.”

Tom Tillison

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