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Orlando man pleads guilty to conspiring to receive $570,000 shipment of cocaine | USAO-MDFL

Orlando, Fla. – U.S. Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces that Luis Raul Perez Rodriguez (50, Orlando) pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances. Perez Rodriguez faces a maximum sentence of life in federal prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set.

According to the plea agreement, on January 21, 2022, Perez Rodriguez had arranged to receive a shipment of three packages containing 19 kilograms of cocaine, with an estimated value of $570,000, through a courier service. delivery from an address in Puerto Rico to an apartment in Orlando. . On January 19, 2022, security specialists at the delivery service company had detected the cocaine shipment and reported the packages to the Drug Enforcement Administration. On January 21, 2022, an undercover agent working with the DEA posed as a delivery driver and delivered a fake package to the address on the shipment. Perez Rodriguez was in the parking lot of his apartment and identified himself with the fake name associated with the packages and showed the delivery driver he was tracking the progress of the shipment on his phone. Perez Rodriguez was apprehended as the driver was loading two of the three packages into Perez Rodriguez’s vehicle. An additional investigation linked Perez Rodriguez to a series of cocaine shipments from Puerto Rico to Orlando in 2018 and 2019.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration with assistance from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and the US Postal Service. He is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Dana E. Hill.