Orlando, FL – United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces that Christian Yaveh Cruz-Santiago (25, Orlando) has pleaded guilty to possessing with the intent to distribute 400 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing fentanyl and 500 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing cocaine. Cruz-Santiago faces a minimum mandatory sentence of 10 years, up to life, in federal prison. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for September 12, 2023.
According to court documents, on February 2, 2023, Cruz-Santiago agreed to sell approximately one kilogram of cocaine for approximately $20,500, and a half kilogram of fentanyl for $20,000 to a DEA confidential source. The following day, Cruz-Santiago arrived to meet the confidential source and had in his possession two vacuum-sealed plastic bags containing brick-like white substances. Additionally, he possessed a third plastic bag containing a white powder.
A chemist at a DEA laboratory confirmed that one of the brick-like packages contained fentanyl with a net weight of 400.5 grams and the substance in the second brick-like package was cocaine with a net weight of 1001.3 grams. A DEA chemist also confirmed that the third plastic bag was fentanyl with a net weight of 73.12 grams.
This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Terry B. Livanos.