NAYZE MEDIA PENSACOLA, FL 10/21/2020 2:29pm(est)
According to the DEA, A major source of cocaine supply into Pensacola and Northwest Florida has been “knocked out.”
26-year old, Gustavo Adolfoa Pareja, of Cali, Colombia, was extradited to the United States by the Attorney’s Office for the Northern District Of Florida, after an extensive DEA investigation. According to northescambia.com, Pareja has been charged with two federal drug conspiracy charges involving large amounts of cocaine. The coke was allegedly imported to Northern Florida.
The DEA alleged that, between January and August of 2018, in both Northwest Florida and Colombia, former Master Sergeant Daniel Gould of the United States Army, and Henry Royer, formerly of the United States Army and Army National Guard, conspired to distribute large amounts of cocaine. Pareja was allegedly the source of the supply coming from Colombia.
In early 2018 Gould and Royer initially imported 10 kilograms of cocaine into the United States. Royer traveled to Colombia, and used United States currency as payment. Gould placed the cocaine in a gutted punching bag and had the package transported to Bogota to be place on a United States military aircraft. A few days later the plane arrived at Duke Field, an auxiliary airfield of Eglin Air Force Base. Gould and Royer then distributed the 10 kilos of cocaine in the Northwest Florida areas.
Gould and Royer then reinvested their money from the first load, and went back to Colombia to get 40 kilos of cocaine. Gould placed approximately $65,000 in cash on a United States military cargo aircraft destined for Colombia and provided money for the 40 kilos of cocaine to Pareja.
Gould and Royer received their 40 kilos of cocaine, and once again, loaded the coke into punching bags. Two of them this time. The pair coordinated transport to the embassy before flying back to the United States on a commercial flight. Unbeknownst to the pair, their boxing bags full of cocaine aroused suspicion at the embassy after an x-ray.
On August 13, 2018, when the drugs were seized, Gould was already home back in the United States awaiting the arrival of his package. According to the DEA, the 40 kilos of cocaine would’ve had an estimated value of over $1 million if they had sold it in Northern Florida again. Gould and Royer have already pled guilty and have been awaiting sentencing since their arrests. If convicted, Pareja faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years to life in prison.