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Date: 4/27/2006  "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media 
From: Sheriff Grady Judd 
Media Contact:
Wood, Donna
Eleazer, Carrie
863 534-6631 or 287-9840 cell; (863) 534-6217 OR (863) 287-7440 cell 


HIDTA Task Force Makes 3 Arrests for Trafficking in Cocaine 

On 04/27/2006 members of the HIDTA Task Force arrested three subjects for Trafficking in Cocaine. The subjects were arrested during an undercover investigation during which they delivered two kilograms of cocaine to the Holiday Inn Hotel located at 1150 3rd Street in Winter Haven. Suspects Rene ESPINOZA, Carlos ROSAS, and Ruben ESPINOZA were arrested without incident as they arrived at the hotel with two kilograms of cocaine. Suspect ROSAS was carrying a loaded Colt model 1911 .45 caliber pistol in his waistband at the time of his arrest. Total weight of the seized cocaine is 2,096 grams, which equals approximately 4 pounds 10 ounces, or just over two kilograms. Street value of the seized cocaine is estimated at $168,000.00. All three subjects, who are U.S. citizens, were booked into the Polk County Jail on state charges, however, this case will ultimately be prosecuted in the Federal court. Details of the arrested subjects are included below.

 

  • 1. Rene ESPINOZA, H/M, DOB:03/25/1979; 2025 Dana Street, #3, Brownsville, TX

    • Charges:

      • Trafficking in Cocaine (over 400g)

      • Conspiracy to Traffic in Cocaine

       

  • 2. Ruben ESPINOZA, H/M, DOB:12/31/1972; 413 Ocean Mist Court, Ruskin, FL

    • Charges:

      • Trafficking in Cocaine (over 400g)

      • Conspiracy to Traffic in Cocaine

       

  • 3. Carlos Ivan ROSAS, H/M, DOB:01/11/1982; 1945 Woodway Drive, Brownsville, TX

    • Charges:

      • Trafficking in Cocaine (over 400g)

      • Conspiracy to Traffic in Cocaine


 
HIDTA Task Force Information