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Mexican National Sentenced to Seven Years in Prison for Drug Trafficking and Illegally Reentering the United States

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 18, 2012

     The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a 34-year-old citizen of Mexico was sentenced today by Senior U.S. District Court Judge James M. Munley to serve seven years in a federal prison for cocaine trafficking and illegally reentering the United States.

     According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, the defendant, Roberto Vasquez, who at the time of the offenses was staying at a residence in Sciota, Pennsylvania, previously pleaded guilty to possession with the intent to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine and illegally reentering the United States after having been deported and removed from the country.

     The charges against Vasquez resulted from an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Department of Homeland Security, the Pennsylvania State Police, and the Monroe County Drug Task Force. Vasquez committed the offenses in October 2009.

     Judge Munley also ordered that Vasquez be placed on four years of supervised release following his prison sentence and pay a $200 special assessment. Vasquez also faces deportation as a result of his conviction.

     The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Francis P. Sempa.


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