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Friday, March 24, 2023

Sixteen Individuals Plead Guilty in Drug Trafficking Conspiracy ‘Operation Titan Fall’

During the course of this investigation the DEA seized an estimated 110 kilograms of cocaine along with kilograms of fentanyl through the mail, traffic stops, and search warrants.

United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces that 16 individuals, charged in three (3) indictments, have all pleaded guilty to their respective roles in conspiring to distribute controlled substances, including fentanyl and cocaine, in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) “Operation Titan Fall” investigation. This investigation yielded evidence from three drug trafficking organizations, and each defendant faces penalties of up to life in federal prison (see chart below):

NameDrugs, Drug Quantities, Other ChargesDate of PleaSentencing DateSentence or Sentencing Range
Alexander Acosta-Zapata5 kilograms cocaine; 400 grams fentanyl12/13/224/10/2315 years to life
Frank Cadiz5 kilograms cocaine12/14/223/20/2315 years to life
Adal Antonio Navas-Feliciano400 grams fentanyl1/18/234/10/2315 years to life
Jonathan Andres Marte-Rodriguez5 kilograms cocaine2/8/23TBD10 years to life
Juan Felipe Sanchez40 grams fentanyl2/7/224/24/2310 years to life
Nimesh Rashmikant Patel500 grams cocaine2/9/23TBD10 years to life
Joseph Juan Torres-Torres500 grams cocaine9/7/2212/21/225 years
Gabriel Isaac Irizarry-Aponte500 grams cocaine2/10/23TBD5-40 years
Jacob Nelson500 grams cocaine1/25/234/17/2310 years to life
Carlos Alberto Romancocaine, firearm w/silencer possessed in furtherance of drug offense12/6/223/14/2330 years to life
James Richard Howellcocaine, fentanyl12/5/223/14/23Up to 20 years
Joely Manuel Burgos40 grams fentanyl12/28/223/13/235-40 years
Kenneth Angel Veracocaine12/6/223/14/23Up to 20 years
James Mirabal5 kilograms cocaine12/27/233/20/2310 years to life
Jonathan Beharry5 kilograms cocaine11/29/222/13/2315 years to life
Vilnarie Figueroa-Matos5 kilograms cocaine1/30/234/17/2310 years to life

According to plea agreements and other court documents, during the course of this investigation the DEA seized an estimated 110 kilograms of cocaine along with kilograms of fentanyl through the mail, traffic stops, and search warrants. Many of the communications between Acosta-Zapata, Cadiz and their conspirators related to the “brand” or “logo” of the cocaine – for example, an anchor or Ferrari – that was visible on the exterior of the packaging of the cocaine that was seized.

A search warrant executed on Carlos Alberto Roman’s home on August 9, 2022, yielded 19 firearms, 6 silencers, 3 flash-bang grenades, and thousands of rounds of ammunition, depicted here along with three firearms seized from Cadiz’s home.

Mirabal and his conspirators were linked to a seizure of 50 kilograms of cocaine in April 2022, and the seizure of 20 kilograms of cocaine seized in Beharry’s apartment in the Baldwin Park area in October 2022.

In addition to controlled substances, the DEA seized proceeds and other assets used in the offenses. Upon the arrest of Beharry on October 17, 2022, the DEA seized $39,560; upon the arrest of Mirabal on October 31, 2022, 24 cellphones and $124,598 was seized.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration Orlando District Office, with assistance from Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the U.S. Secret Service, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Florida Highway Patrol, the Winter Garden Police Department, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, the Kissimmee Police Department, the Winter Park Police Department, the Clermont Police Department, the Orlando Police Department, the Apopka Police Department, the Ocoee Police Department, the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, and the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office. It is being prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida.

Operation Titan Fall is a multi-agency Organize Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCEDTF) investigation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach. Additional information about the OCDETF Program can be found at www.justice.gov/OCDETF.

If you are aware of controlled substance violations in your community, please submit your anonymous tip through the DEA online Tip Line at Submit a Tip | DEA.gov.  Concerns about prescription drug abuse or diversion can be reported to the DEA through this link: RX Abuse Online Reporting (usdoj.gov).

The DEA encourages parents, teachers, care givers, guardians, and children to educate themselves about the dangers of drugs by visiting DEA’s interactive websites at www.JustThinkTwice.com

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