Orlando man gets 9 years for trafficking cocaine from Puerto Rico

A 34-year-old man from Orlando will spend the next 9 years behind bars for trafficking cocaine from Puerto Rico into Florida for multiple years.

Eric Joen Brenes-Colon was sentenced this week to spend 9 years in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute cocaine and possession with the intent to distribute cocaine and MDMA (Ecstasy). Brenes-Colon pled guilty to the charges in October 2023.

According to court records, Brenes-Colon coordinated shipments of cocaine from Puerto Rico to Florida in 2020 and 2021. During that time, Brenes-Colon delivered the shipments to Georgi Milenov Solakov.

Solakov, who was arrested in March 2021, had been receiving the cocaine to a residence near downtown Tampa in parcels with Styrofoam coolers of cocaine inside. Solakov was convicted of federal drug trafficking and firearms offenses in September 2021 and is currently incarcerated in federal prison.

In addition to trafficking and distributing cocaine, Brenes-Colon also distributed MDMA tablets and marijuana. Authorities also seized multiple firearms from Brenes-Colon, including a shotgun, a semi-automatic pistol, and an assault rifle.

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