Boca, Parkland Men Facing Federal Drug Charges

BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, David W. Bourne, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Office of Criminal Investigations, Miami Field Office, and Ric Bradshaw, Sheriff, Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office (PBSO), announce that Frank Fiore, 59, of Parkland, Gary Lee Jones, 55, of Boca Raton, and Anthony Carbone, 32, of Deerfield Beach, have been charged with conspiring to possess Alprazolam, a controlled substance, with the intent to distribute it, conspiring to traffic in counterfeit Xanax, distributing Alprazolam, and trafficking in counterfeit Xanax. In addition, Fiore and Carbone have been charged with conspiring to possess anabolic steroids and 500 grams or more of cocaine with the intent to distribute them, distributing anabolic steroids, and attempting to possess 500 grams or more of cocaine with the intent to distribute it. Jones has also been charged with possession of a firearm after conviction for a felony.
According to the allegations in the complaints and indictment, the defendants initially sold an undercover officer counterfeit Xanax. The tablets contained Alprazolam, which is the active ingredient in Xanax and is a Schedule IV controlled substance. In addition, Jones, who has a prior felony conviction, sold the undercover officer a ROMARM Wassenaar Arrangement Semiautomatic Rifles, a Romanian variant of the AK-47 rifle, for $1,000 cash. Fiore and Carbone then sold a second undercover officer various anabolic steroids. Carbone, with Fiore’s assistance, also attempted to buy a kilogram of cocaine from a second undercover officer. During the course of these drug dealings, Fiore also asked the undercover officer to kill an associate of Fiore’s and to “beat up” another associate.

If convicted, Fiore faces maximum possible statutory sentences of 40 years in prison for conspiring to possess controlled substances with the intent to distribute them; 40 years in prison for attempting to possess cocaine with the intent to distribute it; 20 years in prison for conspiring to traffic in counterfeit Xanax; 20 years in prison for each of the four counts of trafficking in counterfeit Xanax; 10 years in prison for each of the two counts of distributing anabolic steroids; and five years in prison for each of the four counts of distributing Alprazolam.

If convicted, Jones faces maximum possible statutory sentences of 20 years in prison for conspiring to traffic in counterfeit Xanax; 20 years in prison for each of the two counts of trafficking in counterfeit Xanax; 10 years in prison for possession of a firearm after conviction for a felony; five years in prison for conspiring to possess Alprazolam with the intent to distribute it; and five years in prison for each of the three counts of distributing Alprazolam.

If convicted, Carbone faces maximum possible statutory sentences of 40 years in prison for conspiring to possess controlled substances with the intent to distribute them; 40 years in prison for attempting to possess cocaine with the intent to distribute it; 20 years in prison for conspiring to traffic in counterfeit Xanax; 20 years in prison for each of the four counts of trafficking in counterfeit Xanax; 10 years in prison for each of the three counts of distributing anabolic steroids; and five years in prison for each of the two counts of distributing Alprazolam.

Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of FDA–Office of Criminal Investigations and PBSO. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Marc Osborne.

An indictment and information is only an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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