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State Confiscates Florez Family Assets
Tuesday, 13 July 2010

July 13--  The state of Georgia is confiscating property and proceeds from a Lyons father and son accused of conspiracy to distribute drugs and money laundering.

"The District Attorney's office is seeking to forfeit assets which were acquired through the illegal activities of the defendants," according to Middle Judicial Circuit District Attorney Hayward Altman.

A Hispanice father and son, Raymond Florez III and Gabriel Florez, were arrested this past Spring after federal agents obtained search warrants for their residence on Lyons-Center Road, their Silverado Nightclub on U.S. One north of Lyons and their E-Z Pay Auto Sales car lot in Vidalia.

The father is accused of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances while the son is accused of money laundering and conspiracy to distribute controlled substances.

According to the DA, they laundered the money from these illegal operations through their business fronts in Toombs County.  "These were assets which were either enhanced or directly benefitted from the proceeds of the illegal activity from "Operation Toombstoned" that the federal government and the local authorities including the Toombs County Sheriff's Office and the East Georgia Drug Task Force participated in as part of an undercover operation," Altman said.

Last week Superior Court Judge Kathy Palmer approved a state motion to seize the Florez's residence, nightclub, car lot, three bank accounts, proceeds from nearly a hundred car sales, eight vehicles and a trailer.

Court records say the family had invested $2 million in the night club and car business and had a network ranging from Mexico to Texas, Ohio and Florida.


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