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Drug Trafficker Sentenced to 60 Months in Prison for Conspiring to Distribute Heroin, Cocaine and Marijuana Across New York City

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of New York

Earlier today, at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn, Robert Santos, a member of a Bronx-based drug trafficking ring, was sentenced by United States District Judge Frederic Block to 60 months’ imprisonment, to be followed by four years’ supervised release, based on his February 2018 guilty plea to participating in a conspiracy to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin, 500 grams or more of cocaine, and marijuana.

Richard P. Donoghue, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, Ray Donovan, Special Agent-in-Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), New York Division, Angel M. Melendez, Special Agent-in-Charge, Homeland Security Investigations, New York (HSI), Keith M. Corlett, Acting Superintendent, New York State Police (NYSP), and James P. O’Neill, Commissioner, New York City Police Department (NYPD), announced the sentence.

“Robert Santos has been deservedly punished with prison time for playing a critical role in a drug trafficking operation, delivering dangerous drugs on our streets and lining his pockets with the illicit proceeds,” stated United States Attorney Donoghue.  “This Office and our law enforcement partners will continue to work vigorously to stop the flow of illegal and dangerous drugs onto our streets.”

Between July 2016 and March 2017, Santos and other members of the drug ring distributed large amounts of heroin, cocaine and marijuana throughout New York City, including to out-of-state customers.  At the time of Santos’s arrest, DEA special agents seized quantities of those controlled substances, a kilogram press and other drug paraphernalia in his Bronx apartment.

Two co-defendants, John Santos and Kevin Brito, previously pleaded guilty.  John Santos was sentenced to 121 months’ imprisonment on January 18, 2019.  Kevin Brito is awaiting sentencing.

The government’s case is being handled by the Office’s International Narcotics and Money Laundering Section.  Assistant United States Attorney Ryan C. Harris is in charge of the prosecution.  

The Defendant:

Age:  40
Bronx, New York

E.D.N.Y. Docket No. 17-CR-147


John Marzulli
Tyler Daniels
United States Attorney’s Office
(718) 254-6323

Updated May 9, 2019