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Ten arrested in Hillsborough cocaine trafficking case

TAMPA — Tampa police arrested 10 people Tuesday they say were involved in trafficking cocaine throughout Hillsborough County since February.

Authorities seized nearly 8 kilograms of cocaine, along with five guns, 6,000 Ecstasy pills and 200 grams of marijuana, according to Tampa police. One kilogram of cocaine is valued at $60,000, according to police.

Police also confiscated more than $150,000 from the suspects, who were arrested at various locations in the city and county.

The arrests came after a three-month undercover investigation. Tampa police worked with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Drug Enforcement Administration to intercept more than 200 phone conversations and conduct physical surveillance.

The suspects are Diego Rubal-Cava Hernandez, 37, Rolando Martinez-Guedes Sr., 52, Rolando Martinez Jr., 26, Camilo Alvarez-Acosta, 40, Dagneris Baldespino, 37, Santiago Cabrera, 44, Michel Gonzalez, 26, Damicela Riquene-Ceballo, 39, Benigno Rodriguez, 45, and Freddy Palomares, 38.

Each faces one or more of the following charges: cocaine trafficking, conspiracy to traffic cocaine and money laundering. They were being held in the Orient Road Jail on Wednesday.

Ten arrested in Hillsborough cocaine trafficking case 06/09/10 [Last modified: Thursday, June 10, 2010 9:56am]
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