A judge sentenced Roberto Eli Ingles to a maximum 10 years in prison for the Inverness man’s pair of drug-trafficking cases, including one in which he attempted to smuggle a quarter ounce of fentanyl into jail with his rectum.
Circuit Court Judge Richard “Ric” Howard ordered Ingles’ punishment during the 30-year-old’s Wednesday morning sentencing.
Instead of taking his cases to juries, Ingles pleaded no contest Oct. 21 to his nine total felony charges, reports show. Ingles’ change of plea was in exchange for a capped sentence of 10 years.
For Ingles' offenses, Howard adjudicated him guilty and sentenced him to two consecutive five-year prison terms, each with a minimum-mandatory imprisonment of three years, court filings show.
According to prior reports, Ingles’ criminal history is made up of several misdemeanor convictions and a judgement on a felony charge for possessing oxycodone.
Following a Dec. 12, 2018, drug raid, Citrus County Sheriff’s Office deputies first charged Ingles with trafficking in 13 grams of heroin, selling marijuana within 1,000 feet of an Inverness daycare, having 31 hydromorphone pills, possessing three alprazolam pills and three morphine tablets.
Almost four weeks later, while Ingles was out on bond, deputies arrested him on a charge of possessing a heroin-laced syringe during a Jan. 7 traffic stop.
When corrections officers at the Citrus County jail strip searched Ingles, they found two plastic baggies in his rectum; one contained less than a gram of heroin and methamphetamine, the other had 7.21 grams of fentanyl.
Ingles was then charged with trafficking a controlled substance, introducing contraband into a detention facility, possessing meth and heroin.