My office continues to fight the national opioid crisis on all fronts, and a crucial part of our strategy is putting drug traffickers in prison where they belong. This week, my Office of Statewide Prosecution secured a strong prison sentence against a man on charges related to trafficking heroin in the Tampa Bay area.
Jorge Rivera is the fourth defendant in as many weeks prosecuted by my office and sentenced to 25 years in prison for heroin trafficking. Just a few weeks ago, my statewide prosecutors, secured a 25-year sentence for Hasan Nguyen, on charges related to trafficking heroin in Central Florida.
One of the worst cases we prosecuted recently involved heroin and human trafficking. In March, my office prosecuted Keith Hamlet and Edward Redmond after an investigation revealed the defendants were involved in a massive drug and human trafficking ring that saturated Central Florida streets with heroin and cocaine. These monsters even fed addictive drugs to young trafficking victims to further coerce and exploit them for sex.
These stiff prison sentences should send a strong message that we will not tolerate anyone trafficking deadly opioids in Florida. Of course, drug interdiction is just one part of our plan to combat the opioid crisis. For more on some of our recent work, check out this special addition of The Addiction Podcast focusing on stopping opioid abuse in Florida and saving lives.
Of course, none of these convictions and sentences would be possible without the great work of our local, state and federal law enforcement partners. I want to thank all our brave law enforcement officers and my statewide prosecutors for all they do to remove these deadly drugs from Florida streets.
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“Today my Office of Statewide Prosecution secured another vital conviction of a monster tainting our streets with deadly heroin,” said Attorney General Pam Bondi. “I want to thank the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office for their great investigative work and my statewide prosecutors Joseph Ravelo and Joe Spataro for the minimum mandatory sentence they secured in this case.” More.
Attorney General Bondi Honors Victim Advocates
Attorney General Pam Bondi awarded victim advocates and law enforcement for exceptional efforts in protecting and counseling victims. Attorney General Bondi presented the awards at her annual ceremony commemorating National Crime Victims’ Rights Week at the state Capitol. This year’s theme, Expand the Circle Reach All Victims, highlights the importance of reaching all victims and emphasizing the importance of inclusion in victim services.
“I am thankful for all who dedicate their lives to serving victims of crime, including those who rushed to the scene of tragedy following recent mass casualty events,” said Attorney General Bondi. “All our award recipients are exceptional and play a vital role in helping victims heal and I am eternally grateful for their service.” More.
Attorney General Bondi bestowing the victim services award to Indian River County Sheriff’s Detective Greg Farless for dedicating his life to helping crime victims.
Attorney General Bondi recognizing Chief John Mina of the City of Orlando Police Department for his heroism in the wake of the Pulse Nightclub shooting.
Attorney General Bondi attending the Navy Seal Foundation Dinner in New York Thursday evening. The Navy Seals are an elite naval fighting force protecting our country every day and making our world a better, safer place to live. Attorney General Bondi was incredibly honored and humbled to attend the ball with brave former and current Navy Seals. Attorney General Bondi is pictured below with one of those heroes––retired Navy Seal Chris Irwin.
Statewide Prosecutor Nick Cox and Chief Assistant Statewide Prosecutor Robert Finkbeiner accepting an award on behalf of Attorney General Bondi’s Office of Statewide Prosecution for the prosecution of several recent death penalty cases and ensuring justice is done.