Orlando, Florida – United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces the unsealing of an indictment charging Richard Irizarry (45, Viera) with attempting to aid and abet the distribution of cocaine, possessing a firearm in furtherance of the drug distribution, and using a telephone to facilitate the drug distribution. If convicted on all counts, Irizarry faces a minimum of 10 years, up to a maximum penalty of 40 years in federal prison. According to the indictment, Irizarry allegedly committed these offenses on or about January 19, 2014. Irizarry will make his initial appearance in federal court, in Orlando, at 1:30 p.m. today before United States Magistrate Judge Karla R. Spaulding.
An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed a violation of the federal criminal laws, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.
This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Vincent A. Citro.