New York City man and Monroe County woman indicted on federal cocaine trafficking charges
The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a New York City man and a Monroe County woman were indicted yesterday by a federal grand jury on cocaine trafficking charges.
According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, Jose Oscar Hurtado-Portes, age 34, of New York City, was charged with conspiracy to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine in the Monroe County area between January of 2009 and March of 2011. In addition, Sheena Grose, age 33, of Stroudsburg, Monroe County, was charged with aiding and abetting the same cocaine trafficking conspiracy.
If convicted of the charges, both defendants face a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years imprisonment, and a maximum possible sentence of life imprisonment.
The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and Stroud Area Regional Police Department.
U.S. Attorney Smith noted that the case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert J. O’Hara.
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