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Lorain Man indicted for picking up package of cocaine shipped from puerto rico

May 30, 2012


Joher Alexis Rios Alvarado, age 22, of Lorain, Ohio, has been indicted for attempting to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

The indictment and a previously filed criminal complaint allege that Rios Alvarado attempted to possess the cocaine on May 21, 2012. The cocaine was hidden in a package that had been shipped through the mail from Puerto Rico. Rios Alvarado was arrested after he picked up the package at the post office.

The indictment of Rios Alvarado results from an investigation conducted by the United States Postal Inspection Service. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Matthew W. Shepherd.

If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the court after review of factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, the defendant’s role in the offense and the characteristics of the violation. In all cases, the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and in most cases it will be less than the maximum.

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.

A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.


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