Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge William Jung has sentenced Gerardo Gomez-Lubo, a/k/a Francisco Niño, (42, Colombia) to 15 years in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute cocaine knowing and intending it to be imported into the United States. Gerardo Gomez-Lubo had pleaded guilty on January 11, 2022.
According to court documents, beginning in approximately September 2017 and continuing through 2019, Gomez-Lubo was part of a transnational criminal conspiracy that transported cocaine directly from Colombia, through Central America and the Caribbean, directly to the United States, including Texas, California, Hawaii, and Florida.
Th investigation revealed that Gomez-Lubo and others discussed, planned, and executed the transportation of cocaine to include discussing cocaine prices, currency transfers, drug debts, and methods used to avoid apprehension and detection by law enforcement. The cocaine distributed by Gomez-Lubo and others displayed identifying symbols and marks. Those marks were found in kilograms of cocaine recovered by law enforcement in New York, Pennsylvania, and Florida.
Gomez-Lubo’s co-defendant, Piero Antonio Lubo-Barros, was also indicted.
Lubo-Barros was arrested in Costa Rica in January 2021, living under an assumed identity. He was extradited to the United States in November 2021 and is currently pending trial in Tampa.
“This case is a great example of how the DEA works in concert with our law enforcement partners all across the globe to apprehend and bring to justice those involved in the poisoning of American communities by trading in illicit drugs,” said Special Agent in Charge J. Todd Scott, head of DEA’s Louisville Division. “I’m very proud of the work done by all of our special agents who work very hard to keep our communities safe.”
This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration with assistance from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It was being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Diego F. Novaes.
The Justice Department’s Office of International Affairs provided significant support with the defendant’s extradition. The U.S. Marshals Service also provided critical assistance by extraditing Gerardo Gomez-Lubo from Panama to the Middle District of Florida.
This case was part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach. Additional information about the OCDETF Program can be found at www.justice.gov/OCDETF.