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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, March 14, 2014

Lackawanna man sentenced on drug charges

        BUFFALO, N.Y.--U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Angelo Vazquez-Rodriguez, 31, of Lackawanna, N.Y., who was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine, was sentenced to 60 months in prison by Chief U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny.

Assistant U.S. Attorney John M. Alsup, who handled the case, stated that the defendant was the intended recipient of multiple kilograms of cocaine shipped from Puerto Rico. The cocaine was intercepted by law enforcement prior to delivery, refilled with sham material and allowed to be sent on to the defendant immediately prior to his arrest. On April 13, 2012, Vazquez-Rodriguez was arrested after he accepted delivery of a mail package, which he believed contained approximately two kilograms of cocaine. Officers also found a firearm with a defaced serial number at the scene of the delivery.

The sentencing is the culmination of an investigation by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, under the direction of Acting Inspector-in-Charge Shelly Binkowski and the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge James J. Hunt, New York Field Division.