JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Five more people were sentenced today in an international drug trafficking conspiracy.
Dubbed "Sooner or Later," the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force operation targeted international cocaine trafficking from Mexico to Florida and Oxycodone trafficking from Florida to Kentucky.
And 41 of the 47 people indicted have been convicted. Three people: Freddie Lamar Valentine, 37, of Jacksonville, Francisco Avila-Carrillo, 24, of Mexico and Ocala, and Tavaris Rembert, 32, of Ocala, were sentenced on charges stemming from conspiracy to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine. Two others: Yosvani Rodriguez-Padron, 40, of Ocala, and Florencio Cisneros, 47, of Ocala, were sentenced to six years and two months in federal prison, respectively, for conspiracy to distribute Oxycodone.
Operation Sooner or Later began in March 2010, in Ocala. The investigation revealed a drug trafficking group obtained large quantities of cocaine from various sources, including a network of Mexican cocaine distributors. That cocaine was then redistributed from locations in Marion County to cocaine traffickers in Ocala, Jacksonville, Tampa, and South Georgia.
The investigation also revealed that in March 2010, Francisco Avila-Carrillo and Florencio Cisneros worked together to obtain thousands of Oxycodone pills from Yosvani Rodriguez-Padron and another supplier.
This operation resulted in the seizure of $1.1 million in cash, more than $750,000 worth of real property, vehicles valued at more than $200,000, and 45 firearms.