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FDLE and BCSO Arrest Bay County Area Cocaine Traffickers

2/4/2008
 
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) and the Bay County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) have concluded a two-month investigation involving a group of illegal aliens selling and trafficking quantities of powder cocaine in the western Bay County area. The operation resulted in the arrest of five individuals on charges of trafficking in cocaine as well as the seizure of approximately 750 grams of cocaine, $16,000 and three vehicles. The street value of the cocaine is estimated at approximately $75,000.

On Feb. 4, agents with the FDLE Panama City Field Office and investigators with the BCSO Special Investigations Division executed a search warrant at 2119 Dorothy Avenue, Panama City Beach, Fla. Approximately 128 grams of cocaine was previously seized as a result of law enforcement investigative efforts at this location.

During the search warrant, approximately 349 grams of powder cocaine was found inside the residence, along with scales and packaging material. Approximately $16,000 was seized from the residence. Agents located fictitious, blank social security cards and resident alien cards. A six-month old infant was discovered inside the residence in close proximity to the dangerous drugs. The Florida Department of Children and Families was called to provide emergency shelter to the child.

Raul Solis, Pedro Solis, Adalzu Laguna Fernandes and Alba Nadia Cruz were charged with multiple counts of sale of cocaine and trafficking in cocaine.

Further investigation resulted in the arrest of Salvadore Altamigano Alvarez of Defuniak Springs, Fla., and the seizure of more than 280 grams of cocaine. Alvarez was charged with trafficking in cocaine.

Information concerning the immigration status and criminal activity of the subjects will be provided to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The subjects were booked into the Bay County Jail.

The charges carry a mandatory term of imprisonment of seven years. This investigation will continue to identify all involved parties and the source of supply for the cocaine.

For more information, contact:

Resident Agent in Charge
Tommy Ford
FDLE Panama City Field Office
(850) 767-3490

Captain Ricky Ramie
Bay County Sheriff’s Office
(850) 747-4700

Heather Smith or Kristen Perezluha
FDLE Public Information Office
(850) 410-7001