Feds announce Charlotte County meth arrests
FOX 4 Staff
CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. - A multi-agency investigation resulted in three arrests in a meth ring in Highland and Charlotte Counties.
Jose Duarte, a.k.a "Margarito Garcia-Camacho" 45, a Mexican national residing in Highlands County; Ivan (a.k.a: "Costancio") Cabrerra-Pineda 41, a Mexican national residing in Charlotte County, and Brittnay Farabee 23, of Charlotte County, all face charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute methamphetamine. If convicted on all counts, each face a maximum penalty of life in federal prison.
Law enforcement went to Duarte's Lake Placid home on August 19, 2013 where he admitted to being illegally in the United States after having been deported.
He also admitted that he had been involved in the purchasing and selling of methamphetamine. Later, on that same date, investigators observed the delivery of approximately 5.4 pounds of methamphetamine from Cabrera-Pineda and Farabee to Duarte.
The individuals were then taken into custody. A subsequent search was conducted at Farabee's residence, in Punta Gorda, where an additional seven pounds of methamphetamine was seized by law enforcement.