On Friday, October 19, 2018, the last of four defendants was sentenced for his role in a narcotics importation and distribution ring, operating in Miami-Dade and Osceola Counties, involving an analogue of the powerful opioid fentanyl, as well as n-ethylpentalone.

Ariana Fajardo Orshan, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Mark Selby, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI), Christopher Cave, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General (USPS-OIG), Antonio J. Gomez, Inspector in Charge, U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS), Miami Division, and Diane J. Sabatino, Director, Field Operations, Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Miami Field Office, made the announcement.

According to court records, Johan Stephen Paniagua, 26, of Miami-Dade County, Saul Rivera, a U.S. Postal Service employee, 33, of Miami-Dade County, Ernest Lee Warren, 40, of Osceola County, and Jacqueline Santiago, a U.S. Postal Service employee, 30, of Miami-Dade County, pled guilty for their involvement with a drug trafficking organization that used the United States mail system to import controlled substance analogues into south Florida.

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