Victor Yanez, a 25-year-old with a penchant for tattoos, exotic cars and trips to Las Vegas, knew the cops were on to him.
deputies in the Florida Keys pulled him over for speeding and arrested him after allegedly finding a bag of marijuana inside his Mercedes-Benz. A few weeks later, federal agents raided his girlfriend’s ocean-view luxury Brickell condo, seizing 2,274 grams of marijuana, 1,004 grams of the club-drug Molly and over 100 more counterfeit prescription labels, according to court documents.
But investigators say none of that deterred Yanez. Last week, Miami-Dade Schools police and U.S. Homeland Security Investigations agents raided his $800,000 Doral house and found three suitcases stuffed with 105 pounds of marijuana, 91 vials of cannabis oil, 24 counterfeit prescription labels and nearly $16,000 cash, according to an arrest report.
Even if a Miami-Dade judge were to grant Yanez bail, he will be detained by federal immigration authorities because Yanez is a Colombian national living in the United States.
For agents, Yanez’s Instagram page was a treasure trove of intelligence. He posted pics of a flashy lifestyle, posing with cups of the purple “lean” drink and taking trips to Southern California and Las Vegas. They discovered private Instagram messages of Yanez arranging the sale of “caraco” — code word for the codeine cough syrup, according to court documents.
They also targeted his girlfriend, Joeily Cardoso, raiding her Brickell Icon condo on Sept. 27.