Car Wash (File)

Jacksonville Man Who Used Car Wash As Front For Meth, Fentanyl Distribution Gets 8 Years

Car Wash (File)
Car Wash (File)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Sule Pedro, a 47-year-old Jacksonville resident, was sentenced to eight years and four months in federal prison for distributing methamphetamine.

The sentence was handed down by U.S. District Judge Marcia Morales Howard after Pedro pled guilty to the charges on April 13, 2023.

According to court documents, Pedro operated as a drug trafficker, using a local car wash as a front for his illegal activities.

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He was known to sell methamphetamine and fentanyl to customers in the Jacksonville area. Between January and August 2022, Pedro sold approximately 230 grams of methamphetamine and 23 grams of fentanyl to a cooperating defendant.

In a joint operation on September 27, 2022, federal and state law enforcement agencies executed a search warrant at the carwash. During the search, authorities seized two firearms and a significant quantity of narcotics, including approximately 325 grams of methamphetamine, 57 grams of fentanyl, 268 grams of alpha-PVP (commonly known as “flakka”), hydrocodone pills, and other illicit drugs.

“This sentencing emphasizes the severity of exploiting a legitimate business to fuel the scourge of narcotics trafficking in our communities,” said Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Tallahassee Assistant Special Agent in Charge Nicholas Ingegno. “HSI’s partnerships with Nassau County Sheriff’s Office and the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office are instrumental in combating drug trafficking and safeguarding the well-being of our communities.”

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The case against Sule Pedro highlights the ongoing efforts of law enforcement agencies to combat the distribution of illegal drugs in Jacksonville and surrounding communities.

The cooperation between federal and state authorities is crucial in identifying and prosecuting those involved in drug trafficking activities, ultimately making the community safer.

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