|April 17, 2018
Contact: Whitney Ray
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.–– Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Office of Statewide Prosecution and the Drug Enforcement Administration secured the sentencing of Juan Benjamin Valera-Rodriguez, 56, of Weston, for conspiracy to traffic and trafficking several kilograms of cocaine.
Throughout a several weeks targeted investigation, law enforcement agents suspected Valera-Rodriguez conducted drug transactions from various businesses he was associated with in the Fort Myers area. With the assistance of a cooperating witness, agents oversaw the negotiation of a large-scale drug deal where Valera-Rodriguez offered to sell two kilograms of cocaine for the amount of $70,000. Authorities with the Florida Highway Patrol intercepted the cocaine before any exchange of drugs or money took place.
Attorney General Bondi’s Office of the Attorney General prosecuted the case. A Lee County jury found Valera-Rodriguez guilty of conspiracy to traffic cocaine and trafficking of cocaine, both first degree felonies. The Honorable Bruce Kyle Circuit Judge for the 20th Judicial Circuit, sentenced Valera-Rodriguez to 15 years in prison.
Assistant Statewide Prosecutors Carrie Pollock Gil and Michael-Anthony Pica prosecuted the case.