Repeat Drug Trafficker Sentenced to 17 Years in Postal Sting
For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
PHILADELPHIA – Angel Catalino Ivostraza-Torres, 53, of North Philadelphia, PA, was sentenced today to 204 months in federal prison in connection with an undercover investigation conducted by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. Ivostraza-Torres pleaded guilty on August 11, 2016, to attempted possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine.
During the investigation, Ivostraza-Torres was caught transporting a U.S. mail package that had contained nearly a kilogram of cocaine hidden inside of a printer. Ivostraza-Torres delivered the package to an auto detailing business located in the Fairhill section of Philadelphia before being arrested by postal inspectors. A laboratory test confirmed that the net weight of the cocaine that had been inside the package was 991 grams. Prior to his arrest in this case, Ivostraza-Torres had been convicted of drug trafficking four other times.
In addition to the prison term of 17 years, U.S. District Court Judge Mitchell S. Goldberg ordered 8 years of supervised release.
This case was investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jerome M. Maiatico and Clare Putnam Pozos
Updated December 22, 2016