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Feds Indict Toombs Co Duo
Wednesday, 07 April 2010

April 7--  Edward J. Tarver, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia, announced today the return of an indictment by the federal grand jury against Toombs County residents RAYMOND and GABRIEL FLOREZ, father and son, of Lyons.  The Florez’s were charged with a three-year conspiracy to distribute large amounts of cocaine and marijuana, and with laundering the proceeds of their drug activities. 

            The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Darrin L. McCullough, a member of the Southern District of Georgia’s Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force.  Agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI), the East Central Georgia Drug Task Force, the Toombs County Sheriff’s Office and the Groveland, Florida Police Department all participated in the joint  investigation.  The investigation culminated in federal search warrants being executed on March 11, 2010, at the Florez’s businesses, EZ PAY AUTO in Vidalia and the SILVERADO nightclub in Lyons, as well as the Florez’s residence in Lyons.  Seizure warrants were also executed on several bank accounts controlled by the Florez’s. 

            United States Attorney Edward Tarver said of the case, “This prosecution is an excellent example of the coordinated efforts of federal, state and local law enforcement to bring justice to those who profit from illegal narcotics trafficking.  We are committed to removing drug traffickers from our streets and to seizing and forfeiting drug traffickers’ ill gotten gains.”

               If convicted of all charges in the Indictment, the Florez’s could face a maximum statutory penalty of life in prison and a $5 million fine.  The Indictment also seeks the forfeiture of the Florez’s SILVERADO nightclub and not less than $8 million in drug proceeds.

            Mr. Tarver stressed that an indictment is only an accusation and is not evidence of guilt.  The Defendants are entitled to a fair trial, during which it will be the Government’s burden to prove the defendants’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
 
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