New york man sentenced to more than seven years in prison for conspiring to import 1.9 kilos of cocaine
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February 15, 2012
NEWARK, N.J. – A New York man was sentenced to a total of 93 months in federal prison today for his admitted role in a scheme to import of 1.9 kilos of cocaine from Panama into the United States via Newark Liberty International Airport, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Reginold Estrada, 35, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Susan D. Wigenton to an Indictment charging him with conspiracy to import cocaine. Judge Wigenton imposed a sentence of 75 months on the drug charge, to run consecutively to a sentence of 18 months for violation of supervised release.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
Estrada and others agreed to import cocaine by arranging for a courier to transport the drug into the country via commercial aircraft. Estrada provided funds to a courier to purchase airline tickets to fly from Newark Liberty International airport to Panama. On March 27, 2011, this courier returned to Newark Liberty via commercial aircraft while transporting cocaine. Estrada attempted to pick the courier up at the airport and was arrested at the airport by special agents of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (ICE HSI).
In addition to the prison term, Judge Wigenton sentenced Estrada to four years of supervised release.
U.S. Attorney Fishman praised special agents of ICE HSI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Andrew M. McLees in Newark, for the investigation leading to today’s sentencing.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Randall Cook of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Narcotics/Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Unit in Newark.
Defense counsel: Ruth Liebesman Esq., New York