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Monroe County Woman Sentenced To Prison For
Federal Cocaine Trafficking And Money Laundering Charges

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 11, 2013

     The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a Monroe County woman was sentenced today by Senior United States District Judge Edwin M. Kosik to serve 48 months in prison on the charges of conspiracy to distribute cocaine and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

     According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, Denisse Camilo-Cepeda, age 32, formerly of Stroudsburg, Monroe County, admitted to participating in a conspiracy to distribute powder cocaine and to commit money laundering in the Monroe County and Northampton County areas in 2011. 

     Previously, Camilo-Cepeda’s husband, Dickson Gutierrez, age 37, formerly of Stroudsburg, was sentenced to 60 months in prison for his participation in the same cocaine trafficking conspiracy.

     As part of their plea agreements, Gutierrez and Camilo-Cepeda also agreed to forfeit to the United States two properties in the Dominican Republic which they purchased with the proceeds of cocaine trafficking activity.  Camilo-Cepeda also faces deportation proceedings.

     In addition to the prison term, Senior Judge Kosik also ordered that Camilo-Cepeda be supervised by a probation officer for five years following her prison sentence if she is not deported. 

     The investigation was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Stroud Area Regional Police Department and the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigations.

     The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert J. O’Hara.

    
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