Attorney General Bondi's Weekly Briefing
Three men are in custody and one is at large following an investigation into a multistate cargo theft ring. This week, law enforcement arrested two of the suspects following an intensive multistate investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement in conjunction with my Office of Statewide Prosecution.
According to the investigation, the cargo theft ring operated in Florida and Georgia, stealing semi-trucks and trailers full of goods. Stolen items included beer, energy drinks, refrigerators and power tools. Many of these items were then resold at two Jacksonville business locations. In total, more than a million dollars’ worth of property was taken. FDLE agents spent days examining the inventory to locate the stolen merchandise and recovered thousands of stolen items.
Each member of this theft ring faces a range of charges including racketeering, conspiracy to commit racketeering and grand theft. One suspect, Juan Carlos Castaneda Quintana, of Broward County, remains at large.
Cargo theft hurts our good businesses and can create an unfair marketplace for those playing by the rules. I am proud of my Office of Statewide Prosecution and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for their tireless efforts investigating this multistate cargo theft ring—because of their dedication and hard work, stolen goods have been recovered and those responsible will be held accountable.
Update: New Arrests in Multiagency Meth Trafficking Investigation
Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Office of Statewide Prosecution announced additional arrests in connection to a 2015 multiagency investigation into a methamphetamine trafficking ring. Daniel Tavira Santander, 35, and three others were arrested for allegedly distributing large amounts of meth in the Polk County area.
In 2015, authorities arrested Santander and more than 20 others related to a massive drug trafficking ring following a joint investigation by Attorney General Bondi’s Office of Statewide Prosecution and local and state law enforcement partners. More.
Woman Arrested for Travel Fraud Scheme
Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Office of Statewide Prosecution and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement announced the arrest of Maria Constanza Shults in connection with an organized travel fraud scheme operating in north and central Florida. According to the FDLE investigation, Shults, 62, of Jacksonville¸ operated an organized scheme defrauding a total of 27 known victims of more than $100,000. Shults’ scheme targeted Catholic parishioners by offering trips to holy sites.
“Preying on people’s religious faith to defraud them will not be tolerated and my Office of Statewide Prosecution will aggressively prosecute this case,” said Attorney General Bondi. “Thanks to a great partnership with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, this travel fraud scheme has been shut down.” More.
Attorney General Pam Bondi attending the first meeting of the Florida Constitution Revision Commission in Tallahassee. Attorney General Bondi is honored to sit on the 37-member Commission that convenes every 20 years to review and propose changes to Florida’s Constitution. For more information about the Commission, visit FLCRC.gov To watch the full meeting on The Florida Channel, click here.
Attorney General Bondi broadcasting live from Senator Dorothy Hukill’s Office at the state Capitol talking about the fight to end human trafficking and drug abuse.
Attorney General Bondi thanking members of Florida Professional Firefighters for their service protecting their communities.
Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla invaded Tallahassee and made it feel like home on Hillsborough Day at the state Capitol.
Attorney General Bondi addressing members of Leadership Tampa Bay in the Florida Senate.
Attorney General Bondi meeting with Yvonne Fry and Plant City High School students involved in Teen Age Republicans.
Attorney General Bondi visiting with members of the Brandon Chamber of Commerce in Tallahassee for Florida Chamber Capitol Days.
Attorney General Bondi honoring Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater with Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam at a celebration of Florida Chamber Capitol Days. We will greatly miss him.
Attorney General Bondi is excited to throw out the first pitch tomorrow at the Yankees Spring Training game in Tampa.