PENSACOLA, FLORIDA – Silvano Zaragoza-Ambriz, 31, of McAllen, Texas, was sentenced today to 353 months in prison after pleading guilty in August 2016 to armed drug trafficking and conspiracy to distribute heroin, methamphetamine, and cocaine. Co-defendant Kyle James Corbi, 32, of Milton, Florida, pled guilty to conspiracy and was sentenced in October 2016 to 180 months in prison. The sentences were announced by Christopher P. Canova, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida.
In 2014, law enforcement officers discovered 19 firearms, a grenade, and 8 kilograms of methamphetamine on the Texas/Mexico border. One of these firearms was connected with Corbi in Milton, Florida. In May 2016, agents arrested Zaragoza-Ambriz in Texas, and a search of his residence revealed approximately 45 kilograms of cocaine. Officers determined that Zaragoza-Ambriz had been providing Corbi with large quantities of heroin, methamphetamine, and cocaine, and that Corbi had paid for the illegal drugs with firearms.
This case resulted from an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Assistant United States Attorney Edwin F. Knight prosecuted the case.