Attorney General Pam Bondi News Release
|December 30, 2016
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Defendant in Undercover Drug Operation Sentenced
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi today announced the sentencing of a Florida man arrested during a massive undercover drug operation targeting sellers of cocaine and oxycodone in South Florida. Joshua Roth today entered a guilty plea to a charge of conspiracy to traffic oxycodone and was sentenced to 15 years in the Florida Department of Corrections.
Roth was arrested in 2013 following an undercover investigation by the Key West Police Department, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, Homeland Security Investigations, Drug Enforcement Administration, and the South Florida and North Florida High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area. Roth was prosecuted by Attorney General Bondi’s Office of Statewide Prosecution with the assistance of the State Attorney’s Office for the 16th Judicial Circuit of Florida.
OSP with the assistance with the State Attorney’s Office also prosecuted the following defendants in connection to the investigation:
- · Julio Abreu received three years probation for conspiracy to traffic illegal drugs;
· Alberto Vizcaino-Gonzalez pled guilty to trafficking in illegal drugs and conspiracy to traffic in illegal drugs and has not been sentenced;
· Yasmani Vizcaino-Gonzalez received 10 years in prison followed by six years probation for trafficking in cocaine and conspiracy to traffic in illegal drugs;
· Ihobel Perez received 54 months in prison for conspiracy to traffic illegal drugs;
· Emilio Valdes received six years in prison and five years probation for conspiracy to traffic in cocaine; and;
· Yosbel Flores-Rodriguez is a fugitive wanted on a charge of conspiracy to traffic illegal drugs.
During the undercover operation, authorities arrested former Monroe County Sheriff's Deputy Jaime Miranda for possession of controlled substances. Miranda resigned from the MCSO and was prosecuted by the State Attorney's Office.
Additionally, Roth pled guilty to a sale of cocaine charge brought by the State Attorney's Office and received a 15-year prison sentence and still faces conspiracy to traffic illegal drug charges in Collier County.