Tony Gonzalez, Assistant United States Attorney
Mr Gonzalez received his BA in Psychology from the University of Miami in 1988 and his JD from the University of Miami School of Law in 1991. At the age of 22, Mr Gonzalez became the youngest prosecutor hired by the Miami-Dade County State Attorney=s Office. Mr. Gonzalez spent most of his seven years in the State Attorney=s Office in the Racketeering/Organized Crime and Public Corruption Unit where he specialized in wiretap investigations of police officers and organized crime figures. In that unit, Mr. Gonzalez was also a cross-designated Special Assistant US Attorney (SAUSA) for the Southern District of Florida. As a SAUSA, Mr. Gonzalez tried a number of organized crime cases in federal court.
In 1998, Mr. Gonzalez was hired by the US Attorney=s Office as an Assistant US Attorney. After a short time in the Appellate Section, Mr. Gonzalez joined the Narcotics Section. In 1999, Mr. Gonzalez was assigned to the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force. From 2002 to 2009, Mr. Gonzalez served as Deputy Chief of Narcotics in charge of HIDTA. In 2009, Mr. Gonzalez assumed the position of HIDTA Operations Coordinator for both the Miami-Dade and Broward County HIDTA Units. In 2011, Mr. Gonzalez took the dual roles of HIDTA Operations Coordinator and Deputy Chief of Narcotics in charge of HIDTA.
Since 2002, Mr. Gonzalez has represented the US Attorney=s Office for the Southern District of Florida on the HIDTA Executive Committee. He has served four times as chairman and twice as vice-chairman of the committee.
Mr. Gonzalez has investigated and tried many complex, high-profile cases. In 2000, Mr. Gonzalez received the Director=s Award for Superior Performance as an AUSA for his prosecution of United States v. Bordon, et al., a complex money laundering case. In 2007, Mr. Gonzalez received the Attorney General=s John Marshall Award for Trial of Litigation for his prosecution of United States v. Battle, et al, a 6 1/2 month, multi-defendant RICO conspiracy trial involving numerous murders, arsons, and acts of illegal gambling, money laundering and narcotics trafficking. In that case, the jury found the defendants guilty of eight murders and seven arsons resulting in deaths and returned a forfeiture verdict of $1.4 billion. Mr. Gonzalez also received the National Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) Outstanding Investigation Award for this case. In 2011, Mr. Gonzalez was selected by the Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (Drug Czar) as the National HIDTA Prosecutor of the Year. In 2012 Mr. Gonzalez received a second Director=s Award for his prosecution of United States v. Solorzano et al., a complex international money laundering investigation involving the Venezuelan parallel market. In 2015, Mr. Gonzalez received the National Association of Former United States Attorneys’ Exceptional Service Award. In 2016, Mr. Gonzalez received a second National OCDETF Outstanding Investigation Award for the investigation and prosecution of United States v. Tardon, et al., a Spanish, multi-ton cocaine trafficking syndicate that laundered millions of dollars through the purchases of luxury, South Florida real estate and exotic cars. Mr. Gonzalez has also received numerous awards and commendations from the DEA, FBI, IRS, DHS and Secret Service including the IRS=s highest honor (Honorary IRS/CID Special Agent) and DHS=s highest honor (Investigative Excellence Award).
Mr. Gonzalez has served as a faculty member at the National Advocacy Center lecturing at the Basic Trial Advocacy, Basic Narcotics, Advanced Narcotics, Basic Money Laundering, Advanced Money Laundering and Guidelines Seminars. He also frequently lectures domestically and abroad in the area of international money laundering. Mr. Gonzalez was a consultant to the Governments of Mexico and El Salvador in the drafting of their wiretap laws. Mr. Gonzalez was born and raised in South Florida.