A Dominican Republic national, Cesar Gomez Almonte, also known as Jhonny Gomez and Johnny Gomez, was found guilty by a federal jury in the District of Columbia for participating in a conspiracy to traffic drugs. The court documents and trial evidence revealed that Gomez Almonte, aged 51, was a member of a drug trafficking network operating out of the Dominican Republic.
This network specialized in transporting large quantities of cocaine, weighing hundreds of kilograms, from the Caribbean to the United States via boats. To ensure their operations remained covert, the drug trafficking network compartmentalized their activities and concealed true ownership of the vessels used for transporting the illegal drugs.
Gomez Almonte played a significant role within the organization. He was responsible for identifying and procuring new boats that the network could utilize for future drug ventures. Additionally, he coordinated the transfer of a boat that had been previously used in a drug operation and facilitated the use of another vessel for a cocaine shipment with full knowledge that it was destined for the United States.
The conviction of Gomez Almonte highlights the successful efforts of law enforcement in dismantling this drug trafficking network. By disrupting their operations and bringing key individuals to justice, authorities aim to curb the flow of illegal drugs into the United States and hold those responsible accountable for their actions.
This case serves as a reminder of the ongoing efforts to combat drug trafficking and protect communities from the devastating consequences associated with drug abuse. It also reinforces the importance of international cooperation in addressing transnational criminal organizations that seek to profit from illicit drug trade. The conviction should serve as a deterrent to others involved in similar criminal activities and send a clear message that drug trafficking will not be tolerated.
On December 12, 2020, an individual named Gomez Almonte was apprehended at Miami International Airport.
Gomez Almonte has been found guilty of participating in a scheme to unlawfully bring into the United States five kilograms or more of cocaine. The sentencing is scheduled for February 20, 2024, with a minimum mandatory prison term of 10 years and a maximum statutory penalty of life imprisonment. The final decision on the sentence will be made by a federal district court judge, taking into account the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other relevant legal factors.
The announcement regarding Gomez Almonte's arrest and conviction was made by Acting Assistant Attorney General Nicole M. Argentieri from the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice, along with Special Agent in Charge Ivan J. Arvelo from Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) New York.