Thursday, March 11, 2010

Cocaine Trafficking Arrest Nets Man 30 Years In Prison

A 29-year-old East Naples man who deputies say was transporting more than 4 pounds of cocaine on Interstate 75 to be distributed in the Naples area has been sentenced to 30 years in prison.

At a hearing Thursday, Collier County Circuit Judge Franklin G. Baker sentenced Daniel Cisneros, 4705 Lombarty Lane, to state prison on charges of trafficking cocaine over 400 grams and conspiracy to traffic cocaine.

A jury found Cisneros guilty of the first-degree felony charges following his trial in circuit court in February.

The case was the culmination of a six-month investigation by the Collier County Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with the Florida Attorney General’s Office of Statewide Prosecution.

Detectives said Cisneros was part of an organized crime group that was involved in the transportation and distribution of cocaine from Mexico to Texas, Tampa and Southwest Florida.

CCSO reports gave this account of his arrest:

CCSO detectives arrested Cisneros on Sept. 5, 2006, following a traffic stop near the 103 mile marker of Interstate 75.

While detectives were writing a warning to Cisneros for having illegal window tint on the sport utility vehicle he was driving, a drug-sniffing dog indicated that there were drugs hidden inside the vehicle.

A search of the vehicle turned up 2 kilos of cocaine concealed in a green military-style ammunition can inside the vehicle. The cocaine had an estimated street value of $40,000.

Detectives said Cisneros was transporting the cocaine from Tampa for distribution in the Naples area.