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Major Orlando Drug Trafficking Conspiracy Busted

A big drug trafficking operation in Orlando has been officially busted by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s “Operation Titan Fall” investigation. Throughout the operation, law enforcement seized guns, silencers, grenades and ammunition along with fentanyl and cocaine right in the heart of Central Florida. One search included an apartment in Orlando’s Baldwin Park area.

United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg announced 16 individuals, charged in three indictments, have all pleaded guilty to their respective roles in conspiring to distribute controlled substances, including fentanyl and cocaine.

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 Alexander Acosta-Zapata, Frank 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 last year 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, and the seizure of 20 kilograms of cocaine seized in Beharry’s apartment in the Baldwin Park area.

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

This case was investigated by the DEA Orlando District Office, with assistance from Homeland Security Investigations, 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 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.

This investigation yielded evidence from three drug trafficking organizations, and each defendant faces penalties of up to life in federal prison (see chart below):

Name Drugs, Other Charges Sentence or Range
Alexander Acosta-Zapata 5 kilograms cocaine; 400 grams fentanyl 15 years to life
Frank Cadiz 5 kilograms cocaine 15 years to life
Adal Antonio Navas-Feliciano 400 grams fentanyl 15 years to life
Jonathan Andres Marte-Rodriguez 5 kilograms cocaine 10 years to life
Juan Felipe Sanchez 40 grams fentanyl 10 years to life
Nimesh Rashmikant Patel 500 grams cocaine 10 years to life
Joseph Juan Torres-Torres 500 grams cocaine 5 years
Gabriel Isaac Irizarry-Aponte 500 grams cocaine 5-40 years
Jacob Nelson 500 grams cocaine 10 years to life
Carlos Alberto Roman cocaine, firearm w/silencer possessed in furtherance of drug offense 30 years to life
James Richard Howell cocaine, fentanyl Up to 20 years
Joely Manuel Burgos 40 grams fentanyl 5-40 years
Kenneth Angel Vera cocaine Up to 20 years
James Mirabal 5 kilograms cocaine 10 years to life
Jonathan Beharry 5 kilograms cocaine 15 years to life
Vilnarie Figueroa-Matos 5 kilograms cocaine 10 years to life

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