Eight Miami residents arrested for trafficking cocaine

March 5th, 2010 - 12:06 am ICT by BNO News  

MIAMI, FLORIDA (BNO NEWS) – Eight Miami residents were charged for trafficking cocaine, prosecutors said Thursday.

The drug trafficking group consisted of eight men, Carlos Lodos-Gil, “Molleja,” age 59, Carlos Juanes, age 44, Daniel Gerardo Torres, “Chama,” age 39, Jose Betancourt, age 41, Ruben Pedrera, “Clavo,” age 56, Victor Ahmmed Iglesias, “Biti,” age 35, Jorge Lebrada, age 55, and Ricardo Abreu, age 23.

They all operated in the Miami-Dade County and in the New York area, trafficking cocaine on a retail level, and approximately nine kilograms of cocaine and $119,000 in cash were seized during the investigation.

All eight members of the group are charged with conspiracy to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine from July 2009 to May 2009. In addition, Lodos, Juanes, Torres and Betancourt are also charged with possession with intent to distribute more than 5 kilograms of cocaine on May 27, 2009. Lodos is charged in four separate counts of distribution of narcotics on specific dates as well.

“Whenever we dismantle a drug trafficking ring, whether it is a local gang, a national distribution organization, or an international drug cartel, we not only take drugs off our streets, but also help make our community safer by reducing the level of violence that accompanies the drug trade,” U.S. Attorney Jeffrey H. Sloman said. “. We are proud to join and support the DEA in the war on drugs,” he added.

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