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Monday, December 10, 2018

California Drug Trafficker Pleads Guilty to Distributing 120 Grams of Fentanyl in Northeast Washington

Defendant Then Sentenced to Five Years in Prison

            WASHINGTON – Jose Macrino Emanuel Delatorre, 38, of Chico, Calif., pled guilty today to distributing 120 grams of fentanyl in Northeast Washington announced U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu and Nancy McNamara, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office.

            Delatorre pled guilty before the Honorable Randolph D. Moss in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to an indictment charging unlawful distribution of 40 grams or more of fentanyl.  Judge Moss then sentenced him to a mandatory five years in prison, to be followed by four years of supervised release.  Delatorre may face additional charges in California. 

            As part of his plea agreement, Delatorre took responsibility for the sale of 120 grams of fentanyl for $6,700 in February 2018 on Market Street NE. Unbeknownst to Delatorre, he was the subject of an undercover investigation. The substance that he sold was subsequently analyzed by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and confirmed to be fentanyl.

            Delatorre was not immediately arrested because he was expected to return to the District of Columbia approximately six days later, with multiple additional kilograms of narcotics.  On June 5, 2018, agents of the FBI and local law enforcement officers arrested Delatorre in California, and executed a search warrant at his residence.  During the execution of the search warrant, the FBI agents recovered approximately 500 grams of black-tar heroin.   

            In announcing the plea, U.S. Attorney Liu and Assistant Director in Charge McNamara commended the work of those who investigated the case from the FBI’s Washington Field Office.  They expressed appreciation for the assistance provided by the DEA. They acknowledged the efforts of those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Paralegal Specialist Candace Battle and Legal Assistant Latoya Wade, as well as Assistant U.S. Attorneys William Schurmann and Anthony Scarpelli, who prosecuted the case.

Drug Trafficking
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Updated December 10, 2018