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Monday, July 25, 2016

Four Individuals Found Guilty Of Drug Trafficking

Press Release

US Attorney's Office - San Juan

SAN JUAN, P.R. – After a nine-day jury trial, Jovanni Varestin-Cruz, a.k.a.
“Jova,” Rocky Martínez-Negrón, Edgar Collazo-Rivera, and Carlos Raymundi-
Hernández were found guilty of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute
cocaine and heroin, announced United States Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-
Vélez. United States District Court Judge Juan Pérez-Giménez presided over the
trial. Twenty-five other co-conspirators had already pled guilty and are awaiting
sentence. Defendants Anthony Declet- Rivera and Antonio Rivera-Rodríguez re-
main fugitives.

These defendants were part of the drug trafficking organization lead by José D.
Figueroa-Agosto, a.k.a. “Junior Capsula;” Elvin Torres Estrada, a.k.a. “Muñe-
cón;” Ángel Ayala-Vázquez, a.k.a. “Angelo Millones;” and Samuel Negrón-Her-
nández, a.k.a. “Samy Tostón.” According to the indictment, from in or about Ma-
rch 2005, to in or about June 2010, the defendants, along with others, intentiona-
lly combined, conspired and agreed to import and to  possess with intent to distri-
bute more than ten thousand (10,000) kilograms of cocaine and heroin.

During trial, the government presented witness’ testimony that narrated the crim-
inal conduct that these individuals participated in a drug trafficking organization
that imported the kilograms of cocaine and heroin from the Dominican Republic,
to Puerto Rico and further transshipment to the Continental United States for dist-
ribution and sale. The complex conspiracy involved numerous players with vario-
us roles, bags filled with U.S. currency, maritime coordination, and firearms. A ju-
ry heard lay and expert testimony at trial that proved the defendants’ willful parti
cipation and knowing involvement in the conspiracy.

Defendant Edgar Collazo-Rivera was found guilty of conspiracy to commit money
laundering and conspiracy to commit international money laundering. He arranged
the transportation of narcotics proceeds, approximately eight million dollars, to the
Dominican Republicusing privately owned yachts to transport the U.S. currency.
Carlos Raymundi-Hernández was also found guilty of conspiracy to import contro-
lled substances.

“These convictions mark yet another victory in our fight against narcotics in Puer-
to Rico. Our team of prosecutors and case agents set an excellent example of team-
work during the investigation which led to the conviction of these defendants at tr-
ial,” said Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez, U.S. Attorney for the District of Puerto

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Olga B. Castellón-
Miranda and John Andre Mathews II. The defendants face a maximum penalty of
up to life imprisonment. The sentencing is scheduled for November 18, 2016, and
the defendants were remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals.

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