Orlando, Florida – United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces that Luis Raul Perez Rodriguez (50, Orlando) today pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute controlled substances. Perez Rodriguez faces a maximum penalty of life in federal prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set.
According to the plea agreement, on January 21, 2022, Perez Rodriguez had arranged to receive a shipment of three parcels containing 19 kilograms of cocaine, valued at an estimated $570,000, through a delivery service from an address in Puerto Rico to an apartment in Orlando. On January 19, 2022, security specialists at the delivery service company had detected the cocaine shipment and reported the parcels to the Drug Enforcement Administration. On January 21, 2022, an undercover officer working with the DEA posed as a delivery driver and delivered a fake package to the address on the shipment. Perez Rodriguez was in the parking lot of his apartment and identified himself with the fake name associated with the parcels and showed the delivery driver that he was tracking the progress of the shipment on his phone. Perez Rodriguez was apprehended as the driver loaded two out of the three packages into Perez Rodriguez’s vehicle. Additional investigation linked Perez Rodriguez to a series of cocaine shipments from Puerto Rico to Orlando in 2018 and 2019.
This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration with assistance from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Postal Service. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Dana E. Hill.