For Immediate Release
Eight Individuals Charged in Connection with Armed Drug Distribution in Orlando-
Orlando, Florida – Acting United States Attorney W. Stephen Muldrow announces the unsealing of a criminal complaint charging eight individuals with conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance and distribution and possession with the intent to distribute a controlled substance. Eric Jean Gilles (Miami, 36), Jimmy Remy Fernetus (Miami, 30), Edson Gelin (Orlando, 39), Raymond Mike Ayap (Orlando, 41), Ronny Joseph (Orlando, 32), Cristobal Sotomayor-Cebollero (Orlando, 31), Kissinger St. Fleur (Orlando, 35), and Gerardson Norgaisse (Orlando, 32) each face a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison for each controlled substance charge. Additionally, Gilles, Fernetus, and Gelin each face an additional and consecutive term of five years, up to life, in federal prison for possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense.
According to the complaint, Gilles and Fernetus, members of a drug trafficking organization with ties to South Florida, were selling cocaine and “crack” cocaine from houses on 1621 Grand Street and 1427 18th Street, both located south of downtown Orlando. Gelin, who was stopped while traveling north towards Orlando on the Florida Turnpike on June 8, 2016, with two kilograms of cocaine, had also been selling cocaine at the house on Grand Street. All three--Gilles, Fernetus, and Gelin--were armed with handguns when purchases were made from the houses. Gelin also later sold cocaine from 2824 West Harwood Street in Orlando.
Ayap, Joseph, Sotomayor-Cebollero, St. Fleur, and Norgaisse each purchased distribution amounts of cocaine at one of the residences during the course of the investigation.
Gilles, Gelin, Ayap, and Joseph have been arrested and are being held in federal custody. Sotomayor-Cebollero is being held on unrelated state charges. Fernetus, St. Fleur, and Norgaisse have not yet been apprehended.
Search warrants have been executed at all three residences in connection with this investigation. Agents have recovered firearms, cocaine, and drug paraphernalia at all three locations, including three handguns, two assault rifles, and thousands of dollars in cash.
A complaint is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed one or more violations of federal criminal law, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.
This investigation was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, with assistance from the Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It’s also part of an ongoing Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) joint investigation. The principal mission of the OCDETF program is to identify, disrupt, and dismantle the most serious drug trafficking, weapons trafficking, and money laundering organizations, and those primarily responsible for the nation’s illegal drug supply. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney E. Jackson Boggs, Jr.