Yesterday, Attorney General Pam Bondi and Mark R. Trouville of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), announced the arrest of members of an international business for their involvement in selling their products spanning from South America to New York. Bondi and the DEA continue to act against the libertarian tide America is headed by arresting participants in a trade which there is strong demand and always ample supply. This continues Bondi's work against the free market, legal or otherwise.
This week, DEA agents from the Orlando District Office served arrest warrants in Puerto Rico, Orlando and New York, arresting 10 members of the business and seizing their products, money made from the business, as well as vehicles and firearms used for the business' security. The business was selling large amounts of cocaine and heroin from South America, through Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, into Florida, Massachusetts and New York.
Angel Maldonado Gonzalez is the alleged leader of the business 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, just like any other business, Gonzalez and his business partners were sealing their product and the proceeds from the sales in cans while utilizing the United States Postal Service to transport their products.
“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 Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi.
Bondi, a Republican, faces Libertarian Bill Wohlsifer in the November, 2014 election to be Florida's next Attorney General. While we do not know how Wohlsifer would have acted in this same situation, we do know Wohlsifer is strongly in favor of legalizing medical cannabis, while Bondi is not.
Eight guns, used for security for the business, were seized while serving the arrest warrants, along with four kilograms of cocaine and 46 grams of heroin. Agents also confiscated $95,000 in cash and five vehicles.
This investigation was led by the DEA Miami Field Division and the Office of Statewide Prosecution, with the assistance of the DEA’s Caribbean Division, New England Field Division, New York Field Division, United States Postal Inspectors Office, and the United States Attorney’s Office.
Those arrested for running a supply and demand based business include; Harry Neives, Jaime Reyes Suro, Rosa Lydia Velaquez, Roberto Rios, Jr., Roberto Rios, Sr., Erickson Leandry, Jose Renando Rivera-Marin, Lissette Nunez Pabon, Angel Maldonado Gonzalez and Jose Rivera.