Attorney General Bondi's Weekly Briefing
They had a system of bringing large quantities of illegal drugs from across the country to Florida, but this week, I announced members of this coast-to-coast drug trafficking ring were arrested and their organization dismantled
The arrests are the result of a two-year investigation launched by the Orlando Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation. According to the investigation, the leader of this drug trafficking ring operated a trucking company and used its drivers to transport multiple pounds of cannabis to Central Florida from California and Colorado.
Members of the ring are charged with distributing the cannabis in Florida and the leader of the ring is charged with selling a kilo of cocaine to undercover agents as well as conspiring to ship 1,500 pills of oxycodone from New York to Central Florida.
Earlier this month, warrants were served on six Orlando-area residences and businesses. Five individuals were arrested and several more remain at large. All face charges ranging from racketeering, to conspiracy to traffic in cannabis, trafficking in cocaine, conspiracy to traffic in oxycodone and conspiracy to possess cannabis.
The dismantling of this ring is the result of intensive investigative work and strong state and federal partnerships. My Office of Statewide Prosecution is prosecuting the case. The Drug Enforcement Administration and Homeland Security Investigates assisted MBI in the investigation, along with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, the Orlando Police Department, the Winter Garden Police Department, the Apopka Police Department, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the United States Marshals Service.
Florida Couple Convicted in Multimillion Dollar Baby Formula Theft Scheme
Attorney General Pam Bondi announced the conviction of a Florida couple in connection to an organized retail theft scheme to steal two million dollars’ worth of baby formula. Alicia Tondreau-Leve was convicted of racketeering, conspiracy to commit racketeering, dealing in stolen property as an organizer, and money laundering while her husband, Alan Leve was convicted of conspiracy to commit racketeering for their role in a multistate, multimillion dollar scheme that involved selling stolen formula through an online business named Formula Mom. More.
Attorney General Bondi Warns Consumers to Watch for Bogus Mosquito-Repellent Products
Attorney General Pam Bondi is asking consumers to do their research before buying products claiming to protect against Zika. This month, health officials in Florida confirmed multiple new cases of the Zika virus possible linked to mosquitos in a Miami neighborhood and one new non-travel related case is being investigated in Palm Beach County.
“All Floridians should be diligent and do their part to stop the spread of the Zika virus in Florida and one way to ensure the virus is contained is to use proven mosquito-repellent products and avoid any products that falsely claim they can prevent insect bites,” said Attorney General Bondi. “Using an unproven repellent can give the user a false sense of security and increase the likelihood of a mosquito bite.” More.
Convicted Felon Arrested for More Than $50,000 in Medicaid Fraud
Attorney General Pam Bondi's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the Orlando Police Department arrested a convicted felon for allegedly defrauding the Medicaid program out of at least $51,000. In 2012, Orange County resident Tammy Scarborough, 47, was convicted of racketeering. While serving probation for the crime, Scarborough began operating Hands on Central Florida, a Targeted Case Management Company. One condition of Scarborough’s probation prohibited working as a Medicaid provider or with any provider that bills the Medicaid program. More.