Feds formally indict Stock Island's Socas on drug trafficking counts

skinney@keynoter.comMarch 19, 2014 

These are some of the drugs and money seized from the Soca compound.

SHERIFF'S OFFICE

The case against a Stock Island family accused of trafficking cocaine will be federally prosecuted based on a grand jury indictment handed up last Thursday.

Mark Wilson, the assistant Monroe County state attorney assigned to the case by the U.S. Attorney's Office, said he would "eventually" dismiss the state-level charges.

On Jan. 29, Monroe County Sheriff's Office detectives served a search warrant on the Socas' 6th Street trailer compound, then expanded the search to a nearby storage shed and three boats.

By the time the search wrapped three days later, detectives had found 10 kilos of cocaine (more than 22 pounds), more than two pounds of marijuana, 2,100 Xanax bars, 1,300 Oxycodone pills, a 7.5-gram cookie of crack, about 700 undersize lobster tails and $252,261 in cash believed to be drug proceeds, according to law enforcement records.

Juan Soca Sr., 63, is charged with conspiracy to distribute cocaine and possession with intent to distribute cocaine, according to the indictment. Juan Soca Jr., 42, is charged with the same cocaine-related charges, plus possession with intent to distribute marijuana and Oxycodone.

Wilson said because both have previous drug-related convictions, they face a maximum sentence of life in prison.

Jose Soca, 38, is charged with the same cocaine charges as his dad and brother plus possession with intent to distribute the Xanax and Oxycodone. He also faces life in prison.

The trio is being held at the Monroe County Detention Center with a collective bond of more than $13 million.

Agencies involved in the investigation include the Sheriff's Office, Key West police, the Monroe High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area group, Key West HIDTA, Homeland Security Investigations and state Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

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