Drug Traffickers Busted

Hardbeatnews, SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, Fri. Dec. 30, 2005: Nine alleged members of a drug trafficking organization which ran a complex international drug trafficking scheme that spanned from Venezuela and the Dominican Republic to the United States, were this week busted and hit with a 15-count indictment.

The indictment stems from a U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement-led investigation into the drug trafficking organization allegedly headed by Ricardo Gonzalez-Zapata and Lucas Omar Osorio-Osorio. ICE officials claim both conspired to import cocaine, loaded onto cargo containers from Venezuela and the Dominican Republic bound for San Juan, Puerto Rico, for resale in the United States.

The indictment further alleges that the members of the drug trafficking organization and their conspirators determined the shipping schedules and destinations of containers in order to determine when the container ships were bound for Puerto Rico.

“Multi-kilograms of cocaine were loaded into containers to be smuggled into the island,” ICE officials said. “The information of the containers was then transmitted to members of the conspiracy who acted as brokers, shipping supervisors, recipients and transporters working in the Port of Puerto Rico.”

Those busted on Wednesday were Ricardo Gonzalez-Zapata, Lucas Omar Osorio, Omi Rosado-Santo Domingo, Miguel Acevedo Cardona, Jose Rodriguez-Perez, Antonio Colon-Rivera, Christian Rosado-Santiago, Pedro Torres-Perez and Jerry Guerra-Ponce.

They stand to also lose any property that was derived from drug proceeds.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney George A. Massucco-LaTaif. – Hardbeatnews.com