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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Virginia

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Drug Dealer Sentenced to Prison for Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Eduardo Tovar, 27, of Artesia, New Mexico, was sentenced today to 60 months in prison for conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine.

Tovar pleaded guilty on July 5.  According to court documents, Tovar and an accomplice drove from Long Beach, California, to Chantilly with one kilogram of cocaine hidden in a secret compartment in Tovar’s vehicle.  When Tovar and his accomplice arrived in Virginia, he was arrested by members of Northern Virginia Safe Streets Task Force that were aware of his plans to sell the cocaine.

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, Paul M. Abbate, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, and Colonel Edwin C. Roessler Jr., Fairfax County Chief of Police made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge James C. Cacheris.  Assistant U.S. Attorney J. Tyler McGaughey and Special Assistant U.S. Attorneys Benjamin R. Farley and William Guappone prosecuted the case.


A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.  Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 1:16-cr-73.

Drug Trafficking
Updated September 29, 2016