Drug Trafficker Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison in NETFORCE Case

Drug Trafficker Luis Abel Toruno, was adjudicated guilty and sentenced to 25 years in prison, as a mandatory/minimum, for Trafficking in Illegal Drugs, 28 grams or more. He was also ordered to pay a $500,000 fine, court costs, and the cost of prosecution.

Toruno was found guilty in March, in the second Narcotics Enforcement Task Force (NETFORCE) case to go to trial, as well as be convicted at trial.

Assistant State Attorney John Dommerich Jr., Chief of Special Prosecutions, and Assistant State Attorney Natalie Savino prosecuted the case.

The defendant was arrested in September 2020, in Operation Block Party, a long-term NETFORCE investigation into local drug trafficking organizations. Local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies worked together during the investigation.

The defendant was dealing Fentanyl, in trafficking amounts, in Southwest Florida. Toruno was identified as a supplier of Fentanyl by NETFORCE. When he was taken into custody, in Clewiston, he had multiple ounces of Fentanyl that were intended for another narcotics trafficker located in Lee County.

State Attorney Amira Fox created NETFORCE to coordinate a circuit-wide approach to identifying, investigating, and dismantling long-term organized crime, narcotics, racketeering, and money-laundering criminal enterprises.

Samantha Syoen – Communications Director, State Attorney’s Office