MANHATTAN, NEW YORK
Four men have been charged with trafficking nearly 10,000 pounds of cocaine from Puerto Rico, to at least four continental U.S. states. The men allegedly did it by concealing the narcotics in hollowed-out furniture, according to the DEA (drug Enforcement Agency).
KIRO 7 Seattle, reported the street value of the cocaine to be worth around $144 million. Pedro “Peter” Guzman Martinez, Abel “Coche Bombe” Montilla, Jorge “Chinito” Miranda-Sang, and Luis “kike” Gomez Oertiz, have been charged with participating in the 10-month narcotics trafficking organization. The DEA said the organization distributed the cocaine in New York, Massachusetts, Florida, and Conneticut.
48-year old Montilla is from Springfield, Massachusetts. The other three charged are all from Puerto-Rico. All four men are being charged federally. Each charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute narcotics. The maximum penalty for this crime is life in prison, and carries a maximum, minimum sentence of at least 10-years in prison.
The federal indictment says the four charged men participated in the narcotic trafficking scheme between September 2018 and June 2019. During that time, they arranged for a shipment of around 70 large parcels from Puerto-Rico. The shipment was manifested as furniture, but the individual pieces were hollowed out to conceal 100-kilogram quantities of cocaine.
The indictment accused Guzman Martinez of facilitating the furniture shipments from Puerto-Rico, Miranda-Sangand Gomez Ortiz are accused of identifying and hiring individuals to receive, unpack, and distribute the cocaine to other stateside trafficking organization members, and to dispose of the packaging materials to evade detection.
Montilla is accused of coordinating delivery of cocaine shipments, according to the DEA.
“This nearly three-year investigation has dismantled an International drug trafficking organization that allegedly has been shipping thousands of kilograms of cocaine. ultimately destined for our communities.”
DEA Special Agent In Charge, Ray Donovan said.