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Mexican National Sentenced On Drug Charge

April 25, 2013

     The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, announced that a 35-year-old Mexican national who resided in the Reading area at the time of his arrest was sentenced to serve 10 years in prison for participating in a drug trafficking conspiracy by Senior U.S. District Court Judge A. Richard Caputo.
     According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, Jose Luis Sandoval-Martinez previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine and more than 500 grams of methamphetamine. The drug conspiracy operated in the Schuylkill and Berks County area between August and November 2011. Sandoval-Martinez was indicted by a federal grand jury in November 2011, as a result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration.

     Judge Caputo also ordered that Sandoval-Martinez be placed on five years of supervised release after serving his prison sentence, and pay a $100 special assessment. Sandoval-Martinez also faces possible deportation as a result of his conviction.

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


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