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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, February 26, 2015

Allentown Man Sentenced To Prison For Federal Cocaine Trafficking

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Jose Torres, age 25, of Allentown, Lehigh County was sentenced today, in federal court in Scranton by Senior United States District Judge Edwin M. Kosik, to serve 78 months in prison on the charge of conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, Torres previously pleaded guilty to distributing crack cocaine and powder cocaine in the Carbon County area between January 2011 and December 2012.

In addition to the prison term, Senior Judge Kosik also ordered that Torres be supervised by a probation officer for four years following his release from prison.

Torres was indicted by a federal grand jury on October 30, 2012, after an  investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Nesquehoning and Lansford Police Departments in Carbon County.

Torres is the seventh and final defendant to be sentenced in connection with the investigation.  Previously, the following defendants, all from Carbon Country, were sentenced:

-   Bonnie Vosburgh, age 22, of Nesquehoning, sentenced to 60 months in prison on the charge of
conspiracy to distribute cocaine;
-   Victoria Ann Argott, age 34, of Lansford, sentenced to 40 months in prison on the charge of
conspiracy to distribute cocaine;
-   Alexander “Butch” Sommers, age 37, of Summit Hill, sentenced to 37 months in prison on the
charge of aiding and abetting the distribution of cocaine;
-   Jordan Bachert, age 29, of Lansford, sentenced to 30 months in prison on the charge of being an
unlawful user of controlled substances in possession of firearms;
-   Joseph Revell, age 21, of Nesquehoning, sentenced to 30 months in prison on the charge of
distributing cocaine; and
-   Ceres Lozada, age 27, of Nesquehoning, sentenced to 21 months in prison on the charge of
conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

The cases were prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert J. O’Hara.

Updated April 9, 2015