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FBI, local authorities capture cartel drug trafficking suspect in Volusia County, Florida

March 16, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
FBI, local authorities capture cartel drug trafficking suspect in Volusia County, Florida

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A man in Volusia County, Florida, who reportedly sold drugs and delivered the profits to a Mexican drug cartel in Arizona, was taken into custody over the weekend.

David Keith Williams, 56, was arrested on Friday by Volusia deputies working with the FBI’s Safe Street Task Force. Williams has been charged with money laundering and transporting $20,000, conspiracy to traffic marijuana and use of a two-way device to commit a felony. He remained in custody on Monday at the Volusia County Jail on a bail of $525,000.

The task force, which includes a Volusia County sheriff’s deputy, started looking into the Mexican Transnational Criminal group back in November 2015, The News Journal-Online reported.

The sheriff’s report did not identify the gang affiliation, but U.S. Drug Enforcement documents list the infamous Sinaloa Cartel as the most powerful transnational drug group in Central Florida.

Detectives asked the U.S. Middle District Court judges to allow them permission to wiretap telephone calls made between Williams and associates of the drug organization.

David Keith Williams

In March 2016, agents intercepted phone calls between Williams and a member of the drug organization, Josue Hernandez, and listened in as the two made plans to have Hernandez pick up a car Williams was driving from the area to Arizona.

After Hernandez had gotten the car from Williams’ home in March 2016, deputies from the Pima County Sheriff’s Office in Arizona pulled over the vehicle.

Hernandez had an acetylene tank in the truck, and a police K9 signaled officials to drugs in being held the tank. Instead of drugs, federal agents discovered $74,840 in cash.

In April 2016, agents approached Williams as he pulled into his driveway in Tucson. Williams had arrived back at his residence in a rental car and said he had driven from Daytona Beach.

Josue Hernandez

Investigators discovered $33,000 concealed in a fire extinguisher in the car.

Williams refused to acknowledge that he was aware of the money and was asked to sign a seizure form. Williams asked an officer to make a note on the amount of cash taken so that the people he worked for would know that the money was seized.

Authorities asked Williams to call them when he was ready to tell them what he was involved in but he said he would think about it because he was positive that the people he was involved with would kill him.

In October 2016, authorities arrested Hernandez in Lake County. Hernandez told police that he worked for a marijuana organization linked to a cartel that shipped hundreds of pounds of weed from Mexico into Central Florida.

It was then that agents realized that Williams was a participant with Hernandez in marijuana trafficking in Florida and the delivery of cash was destined for Mexico.

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