Miami-NYC Coke Ring Busted, Eight Locals Face Felony Trafficking Charges
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The coke-running ring was led by 59-year-old Carlos Lodos-Gil, who comes with one of the better nicknames in the Miami crime world: "Molleja" -- which, if our unabridged Spanish dictionary is worth a damn, means "Gizzard."
Along with the other seven defendants, the Gizzard is charged with intent to distribute more than 5 kilos of cocaine from July to May 2009. Lodos-Gil also faces charges of distributing narcotics on four other, specific dates.
The defendants are scheduled in court for their first hearing a bit later this afternoon. Click through for a full list of the men charged.
- Carlos "Molleja" Lodos-Gil, 59
- Daniel "Chama" Gerardo Torres, 39
- Carlos Juanes, 44
- Jose Betancourt, 41
- Ruben "Clavo" Pedrera, 56
- Victor "Biti" Ahmmed Iglesias, 35
- Jorge Lebrada, 55
- Richard Abreu, 23
"These arrests dismantled a Miami-Dade County-based drug trafficking organization that distributed drugs locally and in New York," says DEA special agent in charge Mark Trouville.