Sarasota heroin dealer sentenced to 20 years in prison

July 25, 2013 

— U.S. District Judge Richard Lazzara sentenced Arlin Troncoso-Pena, 33, Sarasota, to 20 years in federal prison Thursday for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin.

The court also ordered Troncoso-Pena to forfeit the $3,005 proceeds of the offense. Troncoso-Pena pleaded guilty March 29.

According to his plea agreement, Troncoso-Pena arranged in October 2010 for two females to travel from Boston to Florida with heroin. After Troncoso-Pena picked up the two females at the train station in Osceola County, his vehicle was stopped by law enforcement. One of the women in Troncoso-Pena's vehicle possessed heroin weighing approximately 150 grams.

In 2012, law enforcement authorities in Sarasota County learned Troncoso-Pena was selling heroin as part of a conspiracy. In May 2012, law enforcement purchased 40 grams of heroin after arranging the sales through Troncoso-Pena.

In June 2012, during the execution of search warrant at a residence used by members of the conspiracy, approximately 35 grams of heroin and more than $5,000 were recovered. Troncoso-Pena was arrested and found in possession of $3,005.

This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations, the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office, the Sarasota Police Department, the Osceola County Investigative Bureau, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Enforcement and Removal Operations. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph W. Swanson.

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