Nine More Drug
Traffickers Sentenced in Operation Sooner or Later
Mark R. Trouville, Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Miami Field Division, and Robert E. O’Neill, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Florida, announced that U.S. District Judge Timothy J. Corrigan sentenced nine individuals this week to federal prison terms for their participation in an international drug trafficking organization. Dubbed "Operation Sooner or Later," this Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) operation targeted international cocaine trafficking from Mexico to the Middle District of Florida. To date, Operation Sooner or Later has resulted in the indictment of 47 individuals, 41 of whom have been arrested. The 41 defendants have all been convicted. Seven defendants are still waiting to be sentenced. As a result of this investigation, $1.1 million in U.S. currency has been seized, along with more than $750,000 worth of real property, more than $200,000 worth of vehicles, and 45 firearms.
Each of the nine defendants sentenced this week previously pleaded
guilty to participating in a conspiracy to distribute 5 kilograms or
more of cocaine. Brian Graham (33, Ocala, Florida) was sentenced to 15
years and 8 months in federal prison. Agustin Santos Garcia (37,
Guerrero, Mexico) was sentenced to 11 years in federal prison. Ernesto
Avila-Carrillo (28, Jalisco, Mexico) was sentenced to 10 years and 7
months in federal prison. Huber Dominguez-Diaz (52, Guerrero, Mexico)
and Irvin Ashley (36, Palatka, Florida) were each sentenced to 7 ½ years
in federal prison. Demetri Laurent (35, Hahira, Georgia) and Marcus
Deberry (36, Valdosta, Georgia) were each sentenced to 7 years in
federal prison. Pedro Vasquez (35, Ocala, Florida) was sentenced to 4
years in federal prison. And, Pernell Singleton (29, Jacksonville,
Florida) was sentenced to 3 years and 5 months in federal prison.