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Man charged in $1.4M cocaine bust in Lee County

Posted August 14, 2013
Updated August 15, 2013

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— The Lee County Sheriff's Office arrested a man Wednesday morning who was reportedly trafficking 8 kilograms of cocaine, with a street value of about $1.4 million.

Jorge Luiz Meraz-Luna, 31, was charged with trafficking by transportation, trafficking by possession, maintaining a vehicle for sale or delivery of drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia. Meraz-Luna is in the U.S. illegally, authorities said, and will likely be deported if he is convicted.

The sheriff's office wouldn't comment specifically on where Meraz-Luna was arrested or what led to his capture, but investigators said they expect other people to be arrested in connection with this case.

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  • Inter Alios Aug 15, 2013

    whatelseisnew - Holder called for not seeking mandatory minimum sentences for small time, street level dealers who are not connected to cartels or organized crime. Obviously the guy in this story with 8 kilos of cocaine is not a small time, street level dealer, and one could certainly infer from the information provided that he is connected to organized crime. The least you could do is make an effort to know something about what you're talking about.

  • whatelseisnew Aug 15, 2013

    ""Meraz-Luna is in the U.S. illegally, authorities said, and will likely be deported if he is convicted." He's more likely to change his name and get amnesty."

    Of course, the Dems want his vote.

  • whatelseisnew Aug 15, 2013

    Holder says don't prosecute him and put him in prison. In Holder's world someone trading in poison is not committing a violent crime. I wonder if that was what the Executive Privilege granted by the transparent President is hiding. Maybe Holder was swapping guns for heroin.

  • pm2 Aug 15, 2013

    Congrats, he now qualifies for food stamps! Thanks Governor!

  • 1nclady Aug 15, 2013

    "Meraz-Luna is in the U.S. illegally, authorities said, and will likely be deported if he is convicted." He's more likely to change his name and get amnesty.

  • rw74228 Aug 15, 2013

    Are they trying to say that a kilo of cocaine is $175000?? I mean I am all for having this guy put away/deported, but if National Geographic drug specials have taught me anything, its that there is no way 8 kilos of cocaine is worth $1.4 million

  • 678devilish Aug 15, 2013

    Meraz-Luna is in the U.S. illegally

    Illegally is saying a lot and who is also helping to bring in the illegal drugs, etc.

  • airbornemonty Aug 15, 2013

    Deported, if Luna is convicted, what about prison first, then deported!

    It seems to me that we do everything backwards here. If he is just deported, what makes the court think that he won't sneak back into the United States again.

  • puzzled Aug 15, 2013

    The article says "and will likely be deported if convicted." He is here illegally, why won't he be deported even if not convicted. I don't get this game everybody is playing, giving away our country and its assets, if it has any left. How are our children and grandchildren going to live. Takers are taking so much that the country cannot come back. The debt just keeps mounting and other countries are waiting like vultures. I need to stop at this point or the screeners will delete me.

  • map1agmachining Aug 15, 2013

    The government will probably give him a paid condo in Boca,Fla with a check every month.His attorney will argue because if deported they'll kill him.

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