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Orlando Couple Charged In Firearms And Fentanyl Trafficking Bust

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Federal authorities have charged a Florida couple with possession with intent to distribute controlled substances and use of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking.

Giovany Joel Crespo Hernandez, 27, Orlando, and Monicasabel Romero Soto, 28, Orlando, were indicted Thursday by a grand jury.

Crespo Hernandez faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison if convicted on all counts. If convicted on all counts, Romero Soto faces a minimum mandatory penalty of 5 years, up to 40 years, in federal prison.

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The indictment also orders Crespo Hernandez and Romero Soto that the United States intends to forfeit the firearms and ammunition that are alleged to have facilitated the offenses.

According to the indictment, on April 17, 2024, Crespo Hernandez and Romero Soto possessed with intent to distribute fentanyl and possessed a firearm in furtherance of that drug offense. On April 17, 2024, Romero Soto possessed with intent of distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine.

This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations and the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from the Apopka Police Department, Drug Enforcement Administration, St. Cloud Police Department, and the United States Postal Inspection Service. Assistant United States Attorneys Stephanie McNeff and Dana Hill will prosecute it.

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