Drug Trafficker Sentenced to Prison

This morning, Tristan Rion Ornelas, 27, of Fort Myers, was adjudicated guilty and sentenced to 10 years in prison, with a minimum/mandatory of 7 years, for Trafficking in Amphetamine – 28 Grams or More. His prison sentence will be followed by 5 years of probation. Ornelas was found guilty following a one-day trial in Lee County. The jury returned the guilty verdict just before 6 p.m. Tuesday evening.

The defendant was arrested in January of this year, after selling methamphetamine. He was seen selling the drugs at a fast-food restaurant on Six Mile Cypress Parkway in Fort Myers, by members of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit, during an undercover drug operation. The restaurant is less than a mile from the main building of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.

Ornelas was driving a car belonging to someone else. He pulled into the restaurant parking lot and put the hood up. The drugs were left on the engine and the buyer came up to the car and exchanged the money for drugs.

Assistant State Attorney Taryn Vaughn and Assistant State Attorney Ryan Pomponio prosecuted the case.

Samantha Syoen – State Attorney’s Office, Communications Director