Fugitive Arrested After Years on the Run

The Office of Statewide Prosecution announced the arrest of a man wanted in connection to drug diversion schemes after five years on the run. 

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement reports that it arrested Gil Hevia, 47, this week in Orlando.

Investigators say Hevia is involved in a drug diversion enterprise operating in Florida, Puerto Rico and Texas, involving the buying and selling of more than $40 million in black market pharmaceuticals. 

Authorities say these drugs included anti-depressants, anti-psychotics and HIV medications.

Additionally, Hevia is allegedly involved in a separate but similar multi-state drug diversion ring that orchestrated the purchase of millions of dollars of medications on the black market. 

Investigators say this criminal enterprise operated from Florida to Tennessee, Michigan, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and New Jersey. 

Case records indicate that, between the two cases, Hevia faces several felony charges related to trafficking in contraband prescription drugs, Medicaid fraud, money laundering and organized scheme to defraud. 

If convicted of all charges, Hevia faces up to 375 years in prison, prosecutors say.


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