Two brothers from West Palm Beach are charged in a cocaine operation that authorities say came from South America, then went through the Dominican Republic to Puerto Rico, and ultimately here to South Florida.
In Puerto Rico, the drugs were placed inside toys and then mailed to Florida, where they were sold in Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade counties.
The drug ring involved 43-year-old Guillermo Parodi-Vargas and his brother, 41-year-old Maikel Parodi-Vargas. Both were booked on Tuesday into the Palm Beach County Jail on trafficking, possession and attempted trafficking charges.
The brothers had been detained, but not yet charged, during a Jan. 17 raid on their apartment by a task force that was comprised of the Palm Beach and Broward county sheriff’s offices, as well as the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency.
A third man, 23-year-old Shaquille Oneal Hernandez-Ruiz, who was allegedly part of the operation, was jailed on Jan. 31 in an alleged drug deal in Royal Palm Beach. He is still at the county’s Belle Glade jail annex on $58,000 bond.
The report says Guillermo Parodi-Vargas and Hernandez-Ruiz had been major marijuana distributors for years, but had recently switched to cocaine.
In two separate buys in October of last year outside a gym in northern Broward County, an undercover agent paid Guillermo Parodi-Vargas and Hernandez-Ruiz for powder cocaine, some of which was in a plastic bag hidden in a toy car, according to the report.
The pair offered to sell the agent one-kilogram bricks of cocaine for $32,000 each.