8 people convicted in cocaine trafficking investigation

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Eight people were convicted Monday after a three year cocaine trafficking investigation, Operation Sooner or Later.

According to a Department of Justice press release, Rodrigo Cantu Morales, Carlos Uriostegui-Nunez, Mario Ginorio and Willie Brooks, IV were sentenced to 10 years' imprisonment; Monte Washington to 12 years and 11 months in federal prison; Isaias Ochoa to 7 years and 3 months in federal prison; Deonte Dallas to 5 years' imprisonment, and David Ruvio, III to 3 years in federal prison.

Officers have indicted 55 people from the Ocala and Jacksonville area due to the investigation. Forty-nine of the individuals have pleaded guilty, or were convicted at trial. One individual is deceased, and five remain at-large, according to the press release.

During the investigation, around $1.1 million in United States currency was seized, $900,000 worth of property, vehicles valued at more than $220,000, and 50 firearms.


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