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Monday, June 24, 2019

Hyannis Woman Sentenced For Smuggling Cocaine

Defendant recruited an individual to smuggle cocaine into the U.S. from Jamaica by ingesting or inserting into her body

BOSTON – A Hyannis woman was sentenced today to time served for her role in a cocaine smuggling conspiracy.  

Cristina M. Delle Femine, 29, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Mark G. Mastroianni to time served (three weeks) and three years of supervised release. The government recommended 12 months incarceration. In February 2019, Delle Femine pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to import cocaine and one count of conspiring to possess with intent to distribute cocaine. Delle Femine was arrested in Maine on Oct. 23, 2017, and appeared in federal court in Springfield later that month.

Around May 2017, Delle Femine conspired to import cocaine into the United States from Jamaica and conspired to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine. Delle Femine recruited another individual to travel with her to Jamaica and paid for the individual’s flights and hotel.  When in Jamaica, Delle Femine convinced her recruit to ingest and insert vaginally individually wrapped packets of cocaine to smuggle into the United States. Delle Femine also smuggled cocaine by carrying it within her body. Once in the United States, the individual Delle Femine recruited had trouble passing the cocaine packets through her system and was rushed to the hospital to have the packets surgically removed.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling and Peter C. Fitzhugh, Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Boston, made the announcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney Deepika Bains Shukla of Lelling’s Springfield Branch Office prosecuted the case. 

Drug Trafficking
Updated June 24, 2019