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California Resident Sentenced To Prison For Helping To Transport Heroin Across The Country

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

SCRANTON-The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a 28-year-old California resident was sentenced yesterday to 46 months in prison by Senior U.S. District Court Judge Richard P. Conaboy in Scranton, for possessing with intent to distribute more than one kilogram of heroin.

According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, the defendant, Jose Rosario Huizar-Rios, of Fresno, California, who is a citizen of Mexico, admitted to transporting heroin from California to the Mt. Pocono area of Monroe County in July 2014.

Huizar-Rios was indicted by a federal grand jury in July 2014, as a result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Pennsylvania State Police.

Judge Conaboy ordered Huizar-Rios to serve two years on supervised release following his prison sentence. Huizar-Rios also faces possible deportation from the United States.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Francis P. Sempa.


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Updated October 21, 2015

Drug Trafficking