Multi-kilogram cocaine importer sentenced to more than five years in federal prison

ORLANDOFlorida. –David Torres-Velez (48, Davenport) was sentenced to 5 years and 10 months in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute cocaine. Torres-Velez had pleaded guilty on April 20, 2022.

According to court documents, Torres-Velez was involved in multiple cocaine transactions at the kilogram level during 2020 and 2021. On February 4, 2020, law enforcement arrested an individual in his vehicle leaving a retail store in Tampa who turned out to be carrying two kilograms of cocaine. Minutes later, law enforcement arrested Torres-Velez as he left the same store. When Torres-Velez’s car was stopped and searched, Torres-Velez was carrying $2,480 in a black satchel and an additional $53,400 in cash in a hidden compartment of his car.

In a separate investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) identified Torres-Velez as a source of cocaine sent through the US Mail. On August 17, 2020, Torres-Velez arranged for a package to be sent from Puerto Rico to an address in Orlando where he attempted to collect that shipment. Law enforcement identified, seized and searched the package and discovered that it contained two kilograms of cocaine. On January 20, 2021, the DEA learned that Torres-Velez was carrying another kilogram of cocaine. These drugs were seized during a roadside check.

This matter was investigated by the DEA Orlando District Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with assistance from the United States Postal Inspection Service, Florida Highway Patrol and from the Tampa Police Department. He was prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of Florida.

More information about this case can be found at https://www.flmd.uscourts.gov or https://ecf.flmd.uscourts.gov.

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