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Brooklyn Man Sentenced to Nearly Six Years in Prison for Role in Drug Trafficking Conspiracy Involving Over 50 Kilograms of Cocaine

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts

BOSTON – A Brooklyn man was sentenced today in federal court in Boston for his role in a drug trafficking organization (DTO) wherein he transported kilograms of cocaine from New York to Boston in August 2020.

Dinelson Hernandez-Rodriguez, 30, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Patti B. Saris to 68 months incarceration and three years of supervised release. In February 2024, a jury found Hernandez-Rodriguez guilty of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute cocaine. 

In October 2019, an investigation began into a DTO trafficking cocaine and fentanyl in Boston and Taunton. Intercepted communications established that the DTO was supplied in part by individuals in New York. In August 2020, Hernandez-Rodriguez drove from New York to Hyde Park with kilograms of cocaine hidden in a trap compartment inside a Honda Pilot automobile. One day prior, a co-conspirator also transported kilograms of cocaine from New York to Hyde Park. In total, Hernandez-Rodriguez and his co-conspirator transported more than 50 kilograms of cocaine intended for distribution in Boston.

After cocaine was distributed in the Boston area, Hernandez-Rodriguez attempted to transport $240,240 in drug proceeds – again, hidden in the trap inside his car – back to New York but was intercepted by law enforcement.  

Hernandez-Rodriguez is the ninth defendant to be convicted in this case, either by guilty plea or following a jury trial. 

Acting United States Attorney Joshua S. Levy and Stephen Belleau, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, New England Field Division, made the announcement today. Valuable assistance was provided by the Connecticut State Police and the Boston, Taunton and Stratford (Conn.) Police Departments. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Samuel R. Feldman and K. Nathaniel Yeager of the Narcotics & Money Laundering Unit are prosecuting the case. 

This case is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) Strike Force Initiative, which provides for the establishment of permanent multi-agency task force teams that work side-by-side in the same location. This co-located model enables agents from different agencies to collaborate on intelligence-driven, multi-jurisdictional operations to disrupt and dismantle the most significant drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs, and transnational criminal organizations. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach. Additional information about the OCDETF Program can be found at

The details contained in the charging documents are allegations. The remaining defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Updated May 21, 2024

Drug Trafficking