Judge gives drug-dealing Socas a break on prison sentences

A federal judge on Monday followed the pleadings of admitted drug-dealing father and son Juan Soca Sr. and Juan Soca Sr. and sentenced them to fewer years in prison than they could have received.

In Key West federal court, U.S. District Court Judge Jose Martinez sentenced the elder Soca, 64, who had been facing 40 years, to 9.8 years plus five years of supervised release following his prison term.

His son, 43, who was looking at up to life, received 21.6 years also followed by five years of supervision.

The Stock Island pair pleaded guilty in October to trafficking, among other things. Soca Jr.'s cousin Jose Soca, 38, previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess cocaine with the intent to distribute and was sentenced to 4.5 years.

The family ran a drug operation out of trailers on 6th Street on Stock Island. When federal and local authorities raided the compound in January, they found around 18 pounds of cocaine, 2,100 bars of Xanax and 500 Oxycodone pills. Also seized was $252,000 in cash.