Guatemalan National Sentenced to 10 Years for Cocaine Distribution Conspiracy
Greenbelt, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow sentenced Marvin Ceron Cantoral, age 31, of Falls Church, Virginia, yesterday to 10 years in prison followed by five years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein. Cantoral is expected to be deported after serving his sentence.
According to his guilty plea, from April 2006 through March 2007, Cantoral, a Guatemalan national, was involved in a conspiracy to distribute cocaine, which he picked up from co-conspirators in the New York area and brought back to Maryland. On January 27, 2007, Cantoral’s co-conspirators were arrested when they arrived from Guatemala with 72 kilograms of cocaine concealed in their luggage. Cantoral was arrested later that day when he arrived at a New York area hotel to pick up 36 kilograms of cocaine. Cantoral demanded $5,000 to pick up the package. After Cantoral was arrested, agents recovered $10,930 from a child’s backpack.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked the U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for their investigative work in this Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) case, and commended Assistant United States Attorneys Jonathan C. Su and James M. Trusty, who prosecuted the case.