Cocaine Hidden in Lamp Reveals New Twist in Homestead Woman’s Deadly Carjacking

by Gee NY
Katherine Altagracia Guerrero De Aguasvivas

A Homestead woman’s carjacking and murder in Central Florida have taken a startling turn with the discovery of bricks of cocaine hidden in a lamp fixture, shedding light on the ongoing investigation.

The latest development emerged after Homeland Security Investigations agents intercepted a suspicious parcel from Puerto Rico. Inside the package, sealed within the lamp with caulk and nails, were 3.28 kilograms of cocaine.

The investigation took a dramatic turn when Monicsabel Romero Soto, 27, was observed driving around the area in a white Acura SUV. She was later seen approaching the parcel and claimed to have ordered the lamp on Facebook for $300.27.

Romero Soto is one of several individuals arrested in connection with the murder of 31-year-old Katherine Altagracia Guerrero De Aguasvivas, who was carjacked in broad daylight after traveling from Homestead to Central Florida on April 11.

Among the others arrested are Jordanish Torres-Garcia, Francisco Estrella Chicon, and Giovany Joel Crespo Hernandez, Romero Soto’s live-in boyfriend, who is still at large.

Crespo Hernandez, a known member of a drug trafficking organization, is a person of interest in multiple investigations, including home invasions and homicides. He was targeted in a Homeland Security probe in Miami in 2020, leading to the seizure of over $300,000.

Investigators found fentanyl, cash, firearms, cellphones, and jewelry in Crespo Hernandez’s Central Florida home. The investigation spans multiple counties and involves federal agents and detectives from various sheriff’s offices.

The motive behind Guerrero De Aguasvivas’ travels to Central Florida remains unclear. Initially thought to be visiting relatives, it was later revealed that she was in the area to “deliver money and other stuff for a friend,” according to her brother, Luis Fernando Abreu.

While Abreu and Guerrero De Aguasvivas’ husband are cooperating with authorities, Sheriff Dennis Lemma expressed skepticism about their cooperation, explaining that neither of them is considered a suspect at this time.

The case continues to unravel, with law enforcement agencies working tirelessly to uncover the truth behind the tragic events that led to Guerrero De Aguasvivas’ death.

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