Date: November 30, 2001 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact:

Aaron Flint, (863) 534-6377 or 502-8262 pager

Joint Investigation Results in Large Cash and Drug Seizures, and Arrests

After a month long investigation, the Polk County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Unit, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office have busted a cocaine organization that has been operating in South Florida, Orange County, and Polk County.

During the month of November, undercover agents arranged for a suspected cocaine buyer to purchase 16 kilos of cocaine.  The suspect didn't realize that the cocaine had been supplied by the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. On Nov. 29, 2001, Mateo De Jesus Dominguez, DOB 1/21/64, of 7796 W. 30th St. in Hialeah, Fl, gave undercover agents $116,565 as a partial payment for 16 kilos of cocaine at a Haines City residence.  He was charged with Trafficking of Cocaine and is currently awaiting federal charges in the PCSO jail.

While agents were taking part in the undercover operation in Polk County, other Polk Sheriff's detectives and DEA agents were carrying out a federal search warrant at a home in Orange County.  Detectives searched the home of Conrado Lago, DOB 2/19/58, of 10213 Brownwood Ave. in Orlando. During the search of the residence, agents found approximately 16 kilos of cocaine, a kilo of hash, a revolver, and a silencer.  Agents also found a cocaine conversion lab in a shed in the backyard of the residence. Lago was charged with Trafficking of Cocaine and is awaiting federal charges in the Seminole County Jail.

Eriberto Gonzalez Jr., DOB 11/23/65, of 2509 Broadway St. in Lakeland, was also arrested and charged with trafficking of cocaine.  Detectives also seized a 1998 Toyota Tacoma pick-up and 1994 Honda Accord as a result of the investigation. 

The investigation was a joint effort between the PCSO Narcotics Unit, PCSO Organized Crime Unit, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Unit.

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