January 31, 2014

Drug investigation continues into Stock Island Soca family


Detectives from various law enforcement agencies continue to search property on Stock Island belonging to the Soca family. Three members of the family were arrested this week on drug charges. Initial searches of their property turned up more than eight kilos of cocaine, hundreds of Oxycodone pills and thousands of Xanax bars. More than 600 short lobster tails were found bagged and frozen Wednesday night, and more were found today in other freezers on the property. So far, $75,000 in cash has been seized and a Ford F250 pickup truck belonging to Soca Jr.
 
Today, detectives operated heavy equipment digging up the yards surrounding the two trailers. Thursday night, they served a search warrant on a shed at the Stock Island lobster house. The shed was controlled by Soca Jr. Inside, they found approximately two pounds of marijuana described by detectives as “high-quality” and a small amount of cocaine.

During the course of the day, detectives say people who live in the vicinity have been driving by the property and thanking them for their actions.
 
Juan Soca Jr. has been charged so far with trafficking in cocaine and trafficking in Oxycodone. His bond is currently set at $6 million. Juan Soca Sr. has been charged so far with trafficking in cocaine. His bond is currently set at $1 million. Jose Soca has been charged so far with trafficking in cocaine and trafficking in oxycodone, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and possessing the short lobster tails, which were found on his property. His bond is currently set at $6.055 million.

Agencies involved in the case include the Sheriff’s Office, Key West Police, Monroe HIDTA group, Key West HIDTA, Homeland Security Investigations and Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Anyone who has any information about this criminal organization or drug activity by this family, contact Crime Stoppers of the Florida Keys. If the information leads to additional charges or an additional arrest the tipster would be eligible for a cash reward. The Crime Stoppers hot line number is 1-800-346-TIPS. Tips may also be submitted on line at tipsubmit.com.


In the photos, detectives operate heavy equipment today, digging up the grounds around the family’s two trailers. In the first few minutes of digging, they found more cocaine hidden in a PVC pipe. In one of the photos, High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Detective Mark Jones holds up the drugs and the pipe. The drugs were found buried in the yard and in hidden compartments, false electrical boxes and in many other areas of the property.

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