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Drug Trafficking Ring Busted in Florida; Family Members Arrested For Alleged Involvement

Drug Trafficking Ring Busted in Florida; Family Members Arrested For Alleged Involvement

Pasco County, FL: Thirteen individuals have been charged by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) for their involvement in a complex drug trafficking operation based in Pasco County.

U.S. Attorney Roger Handberg shared the information during a press conference on Wednesday, revealing that 12 out of the 13 suspects involved in drug conspiracy and related offenses have been apprehended.

A year-long conspiracy has been detailed in the indictment, involving the distribution of significant amounts of cocaine and methamphetamine in Pasco and Pinellas counties. The accused individuals span a wide range of ages, from 18 to 57.

Last week, several individuals were apprehended during an FBI operation in the Hudson area. Handberg named Daniel Carrillo as the main figure behind the alleged plot, along with his partner, Betsy Trinidad.

In a surprising turn of events, the mothers of Carrillo and Trinidad have been implicated in the scheme, with allegations that Carrillo’s relatives supplied the drugs.

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The indicted individuals are, as per the DOJ, are:

Daniel Carrillo (35, Weeki Wachee) – Conspiracy to distribute cocaine and meth; distribution of cocaine (three counts)

Rolando Alvarez Canete (40, Holiday) – Conspiracy to distribute cocaine and meth; distribution of cocaine

Yoned Onil Santana Vazquez (18, Hudson) – Conspiracy to distribute cocaine and meth; distribution of cocaine

Georgelys Natal Vazquez (27, Hudson) – Conspiracy to distribute cocaine and meth; distribution of cocaine

Jacqueline Navarro (53, Port Richey) – Conspiracy to distribute cocaine and meth; distribution of cocaine (five counts); possession of meth with intent to distribute

Betsy Luz Trinidad (32, Weeki Wachee) – Conspiracy to distribute meth; distribution of cocaine (four counts)

Lucy Carrillo Gonzalez (60, Port Richey) – Conspiracy to distribute cocaine and meth; distribution of cocaine

Kevin Valdez (33, Port Richey) – Conspiracy to distribute cocaine

Victor Hernandez Jr. (24, Port Richey) – Conspiracy to distribute cocaineJames Perry Oneal (29, Clearwater) – Conspiracy to distribute cocaine; possession of cocaine with intent to distribute

John Patrick Barrett (57, Port Richey) – Conspiracy to distribute meth; possession of meth with intent to distribute

Jennifer Hanna (51, Hudson) – Conspiracy to distribute meth; possession of meth with intent to distribute; distribution of meth (two counts)

Johan Elroy Del Valle Carrillo (41, Puerto Rico) – Conspiracy to distribute cocaine; attempted distribution of cocaine

“This alleged conspiracy involved members of the same family,” Handberg commented. “Out of the 13 individuals involved in the conspiracy who have been federally indicted, it is worth noting that seven of them share a familial connection.”

The DOJ has identified the remaining six individuals involved in the conspiracy as suppliers of meth and local drug dealers. A thorough investigation was conducted with the cooperation of the FBI, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Pasco County Sheriff’s Office, and Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. The FBI is currently in pursuit of the 13th individual connected to the case.

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