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Monday, September 08, 2014

Two Highlands County Men Plead Guilty to Firearm and Drug Trafficking Offenses



Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Mark R. Trouville, Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Miami Field Division, Amos Rojas, Jr., United States Marshal, U.S. Marshals Service (USMS), Hugo Barrera, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), John Burke and Addy Villanueva, Special Agents in Charge, Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), Ft. Myers and Miami Regional Offices, respectively, Susan Benton, Sheriff, Highlands County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO), Paul C. May, Sheriff, Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO), and Ken J. Mascara, Sheriff, St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office (SLCSO), announce that Alex Guerrier, 29, and Robin Jean Guillaume, 28, both of Highlands County, pled guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine hydrochloride and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking in West Palm Beach.

As to the conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute charge, Guerrier faces a mandatory minimum sentence of ten years in prison up to a maximum of life in prison, a mandatory minimum term of supervised release of five years, a maximum fine of $10 million and a $100 special assessment. As to the conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute charge, Guillaume faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison up to a maximum of 40 years in prison, a mandatory minimum term of supervised release of four years, a maximum fine of $5 million and a $100 special assessment. As to the possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking charge, both defendants face a consecutive mandatory minimum sentence of ten years in prison up to a maximum of life in prison, up to three years of supervised release, a maximum $250,000 fine, and a $100 special assessment.

According to court documents, Guerrier and Guillame were part of a drug trafficking organization which operated in Highlands, Broward, and Miami-Dade Counties within the Southern District of Florida and elsewhere. The drug trafficking organization was responsible for the distribution of multi-kilogram quantities of cocaine hydrochloride, cocaine base, commonly referred to as “crack” cocaine, and other illegal narcotics.

This case is the result of the ongoing efforts by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF), a partnership between federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. The OCDETF mission is to identify, investigate, and prosecute high level members of drug trafficking enterprises, bringing together the combined expertise and unique abilities of federal, state and local law enforcement.

Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of the DEA, USMS, ATF, FDLE, HCSO, OCSO, and SLCSO. Mr. Ferrer also thanked the Sebring Police Department for their assistance in this matter. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer C. Nucci.

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