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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Pennsylvania

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Allentown Man Pleads Guilty To Federal Cocaine Trafficking Charge

     The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a man from Allentown pleaded guilty today before Senior United States District Judge Edwin M. Kosik to the charge of conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine and powder cocaine.

     According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, Jose Torres, age 25, of Allentown, Lehigh County, admitted to participating in a conspiracy to distribute cocaine in the Carbon County area between January 2011 and December 2012.

     Torres is the sixth defendant to enter a guilty plea in connection with the investigation.  Previously, Bonnie Vosburgh, age 22, of Nesquehoning; Victoria Argott, age 34, of Lansford; Ceres Lozada, age 27, of Nesquehoning; Alexander “Butch” Sommers, age 47, of Summit Hill, and Joseph Revell, age 21 of Nesquehoning, entered guilty pleas and admitted to participating in the same cocaine trafficking conspiracy.

     The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Nesquehoning and Lansford Police Departments in Carbon County.

     The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert J. O’Hara.

     In this particular case, the maximum penalty under the federal statute is 40 years’ imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the Judge is also required to consider and weigh a number of factors, including the nature, circumstances and seriousness of the offense; the history and characteristics of the defendant; and the need to punish the defendant, protect the public and provide for the defendant’s educational, vocational and medical needs.  For these reasons, the statutory maximum penalty for the offense is not an accurate indicator of the potential sentence for a specific defendant.

Updated April 9, 2015