A 25-year-old Colombian man who sipped Purple drank and posed with rapper Rick Ross in photos posted to his Instagram account has been arrested on several drug trafficking charges.
Homeland Security agents and Miami-Dade Schools Police stormed Victor Yanez’s $800,000 Doral, Florida home last Thursday, and found 105 pounds of marijuana, 91 vials of cannabis oil, 24 counterfeit prescription labels and nearly $16,000 in cash, according to the arrest report.
When officers burst into Yanez’s house, he came downstairs wielding an AK-47. Despite being heavily-armed, Yanez was taken into custody without incident, and hit with six charges including armed trafficking, possessing counterfeit prescription labels and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Homeland Security’s Violent Gang Task Force has been investigating Yanez for months.
One of the focuses of their investigation was Yanez’s Instagram page, where he posted pictures of his lavish lifestyle.
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These photos include snaps of him hanging out with friend Rick Ross, drinking a cough syrup-laced alcoholic beverage called Lean (also known as Purple drank), and taking trip to Las Vegas and Southern California.
Yanez first came up on their radar two years ago, when Miami detectives found him in possession of counterfeit labels used to hide illegal bottles of powerful codeine-laced cough syrup.
Then in September, he was arrested again in the Florida Keys when deputies pulled him over for speeding and found a bag of marijuana inside his Mercedes-Benz.
Later that month, federal agents raided the luxury Miami condo where Yanez’s girlfriend, Joeily Cardoso, lives and seized 2,274 grams of marijuana; 1,004 grams of the club-drug Molly; and more than 100 counterfeit prescription labels.
Cardoso was arrested and pleaded guilty in court to a scheme in which she used counterfeit money to buy clothes at high-end department stores, which she would then return for cash.
She also told agents that her boyfriend was a major supplier of illegal cough syrup through a ‘contact in a pharmacy’.
She said that Yanez ‘fronted’ her 12 bottles of the syrup and then showed her how to remove the labels and put fake ones on. When officers raided her apartment, they found her soaking the bottles in a tub, according to court documents.
Authorities held off on resting Yanez at the time, deciding instead to build a bigger case on him.
The case came together last Thursday, when officers with Homeland Security and Miami-Dade Schools Police stormed his home.
Yanez made his first court appearance on Friday, and is being held without bail.
He is also suspected of being in the country illegally from Colombia.