Methamphetamine Trafficker Sentenced To 27 Years In Federal Prison

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Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge Kathryn Mizelle has sentenced Victor Manuel Hernandez (22, Wimauma) to 27 years in federal prison for a narcotics conspiracy involving methamphetamine, heroin, and cocaine, as well as for being a felon in possession of multiple firearms.  Hernandez had pleaded guilty on July 27, 2021.

According to court documents, between on or about July 18, 2019, through February 12, 2021, Hernandez conspired with others to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine, 100 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of heroin, and a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of cocaine. On July 18, 2019, a confidential source (CS) spoke with Hernandez on the phone and ordered a kilogram of methamphetamine. The two agreed to meet that day and the CS traveled to an apartment complex and parked. Soon thereafter, a Dodge Charger pulled in next to the CS’s vehicle. As agents approached the car, Hernandez got out of the car and attempted to flee but was ultimately apprehended. Upon searching the car, agents found approximately 978 grams of methamphetamine.  Hernandez then took agents to his residence, where he led them to additional drugs: approximately 800 grams of heroin and approximately 4 kilograms of additional methamphetamine. Hernandez also had 13 guns and assorted ammunition inside the house.

While Hernandez was released on bond, law enforcement learned that he was again trafficking in narcotics. Subsequently, a search warrant was executed at Hernandez’s house, and inside, agents found approximately 31 kilograms of methamphetamine, 756 grams of cocaine, and approximately 523 grams of heroin. Investigators also found two rifles, both of which belonged to Hernandez.

Hernandez had been previously convicted of a felony, including aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. As such, he is prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition under federal law.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, the Sarasota Police Department, and the Bradenton Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Callan Albritton.