Two brothers from West Palm Beach are charged in a cocaine operation that authorities say came from South America, then went through the Dominican Republic to Puerto Rico, and ultimately here to South Florida.In Puerto Rico, the drugs were placed inside toys and then mailed to Florida, where they were sold in Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade counties.The drug ring involved 43-year-old Guillermo Parodi-Vargas and his brother, 41-year-old Maikel Parodi-Vargas. Both were booked on Tuesday into the Palm Beach County Jail on trafficking, possession and attempted trafficking charges.The brothers had been detained, but not yet charged, during a Jan. 17 raid on their apartment by a task force that was comprised of the Palm Beach and Broward county sheriff’s offices, as well as the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency.A third man, 23-year-old Shaquille Oneal Hernandez-Ruiz, who was allegedly part of the operation, was jailed on Jan. 31 in an alleged drug deal in Royal Palm Beach. He is still at the county’s Belle Glade jail annex on $58,000 bond.The report says Guillermo Parodi-Vargas and Hernandez-Ruiz had been major marijuana distributors for years, but had recently switched to cocaine.In two separate buys in October of last year outside a gym in northern Broward County, an undercover agent paid Guillermo Parodi-Vargas and Hernandez-Ruiz for powder cocaine, some of which was in a plastic bag hidden in a toy car, according to the report said.Courtesy: Palm Beach Sheriff’s OfficeThe pair offered to sell the agent one-kilogram bricks of cocaine for $32,000 each.Later, the agents made a deal to buy a half-brick for $17,250. However, the group said their supplier, in Sebring, would not have a shipment for several days.Guillermo and Hernandez-Ruiz also reportedly told the agent in calls and texts that they no longer trusted each other and would be ending their partnership.Hernandez-Ruiz later told the agent that he was working with a new broker, and asked the agent to drive to Orlando, in order to buy a full brick for $32,000.Meanwhile, Guillermo Parodi-Vargas said the agent’s half-kilogram brick had arrived, and arranged to meet him on Jan. 17 at the apartment the Parodi-Vargas brothers shared on Haverhill Road in West Palm Beach.The regional task force agents stepped in and detained Guillermo and his brother Maikel at the apartment.Agents ultimately seized 13 grams of cocaine and nine grams of heroin, along with a handgun, two automatic rifles, gun parts, bullets, and $10,970.The report states that photos and videos on Guillermo’s cell phone show him and his brother packing cocaine.Courtesy: Palm Beach Sheriff’s OfficeGuillermo is charged with two counts each of trafficking in cocaine of 28 grams or more; one count of attempted trafficking in cocaine of 28 grams or more while armed; possession of cocaine and methamphetamine, and unlawful use of a communications device, a charge related to using a cellphone to set up drug deals.Maikel has been charged with attempted trafficking in cocaine of 28 grams or more.Each remained in jail on Wednesday morning on no bond.In addition, Hernandez-Ruiz is charged with cocaine trafficking of 200 to 400 grams and possession of heroin, oxycodone and drug paraphernalia.He and two other men, Christopher Dwain Desadier and Jovan Biggs, were booked into the jail on Jan. 31, after authorities alleged the trio sold an undercover agent 255 grams of powder cocaine, for $6,150, in the parking lot of the Walmart on Belvedere Road in Royal Palm Beach.Reports do not reflect whether the Jan. 31 incident is related to the Parodi-Vargas operation, or if Desadier or Biggs are accused of also being part of the group.
Carolyne Prevost has only played in 19 of UW’s 26 games – due to a knee injury – but still boasts 39 points on 17 goals 22 assists, which is good for fourth most on the team.[/media-credit]After suffering a mid-season injury, senior forward and assistant captain Carolyne Prevost returned to the ice and is already making significant contributions to the Wisconsin women’s hockey team.Prevost tallied seven points in a two game series against the North Dakota Sioux Jan. 13-14. It was just her second series back after missing several games due to a knee injury. The Western Collegiate Hockey Association named Prevost offensive player of the week on Wednesday for her impressive four goals and three assists against the Sioux.In game one of the series, she posted one goal and three assists to help the Badgers beat UND in a decisive 8-2 victory. While game two was less successful for UW, tying the Sioux 4-4, Prevost put away three of the team’s goals, her second hat trick of the season.“You don’t know how kids will be after going though an extended time off and fighting an injury, but [Prevost] worked hard through rehab and getting herself in good condition,” head coach Mark Johnson said. “When you come back and have success, that helps with the confidence right away, so it was good to see her play the way she has the last four games, and it certainly helps us win.”While the team tied and lost in their series at Minnesota in early January, it was a successful first weekend back for Prevost. She assisted on two goals and scored one of her own in the first game.However, the success Prevost is bringing to the ice is nothing new for the Badgers. Throughout the season, Prevost has been consistently creating opportunities and scoring goals, making her a major contributor to Wisconsin’s impressive accomplishments this season.She currently ranks fourth on the team in points at 36, with 17 goals and 19 assists.“I think her consistency in each game has been her biggest asset this past year,” Johnson said. “From the first games to where we are right now, she has played each game the same way; she has played hard, … and the confidence she has built along with the scoring is a pretty good combination.”Along with consistency, Prevost’s speed, allowing her to quickly get up the ice, has been a major asset to her teammates. The Badgers have found great success with Prevost in their first line alongside junior forward Brianna Decker and senior forward Brooke Ammerman. Together, the trio has combined for 62 of the team’s 117 goals this season.“Our chemistry has been great, we’re having fun and were staying positive, and I think that has carried though to success on the ice,” Prevost said.With the early success Prevost had to start off the season, including three goals and two assists back in October against the Sioux, her knee injury came at the most inopportune time. Prevost missed the last five games of 2011, including the series against Minnesota State and Bemidji State in December.While the senior saw her injury as a setback in her final year as a Badger, she took advantage of her time off the ice to see the bigger picture and make a successful recovery, which has only motivated her further.“It was a setback having an injury, especially senior year when you are trying to take everything in and you have to miss a few games,” Prevost said. “But I had time to step back and look at the big picture and appreciate a lot of the things that I don’t when I was just going to the rink everyday.”Prevost has been in a world of hockey ever since she was young. The native of Ontario, Canada, followed in her father’s footsteps as a hockey player since starting to play at age 6, and she hasn’t looked back since.As she looks forward with her career at Wisconsin winding down, Prevost can’t see her time on the ice ending soon.“I still want to be playing hockey. I’m not sure where I will be next year, hopefully somewhere in Ontario or Canada,” she said. “Hopefully, I will keep going with the [Canadian] national team program and see where that all takes me.”