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Chicago-Based Drug Courier Sentenced To Four Years In Federal Prison For Participating In Multi-State Heroin Trafficking Conspiracy

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 37-year-old Mexican national who resided in Chicago at the time of his arrest was sentenced on Tuesday to serve four years in prison by U.S. District Court Judge Robert D. Mariani in Scranton for his role in a drug conspiracy that was responsible for distributing large quantities of heroin during a four-year time period in Monroe, Carbon, Montgomery, and Berks Counties in Pennsylvania.

According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, the defendant, Gilberto Bautista-Ocampo, previously admitted to acting as a courier to transport heroin from Chicago to Pennsylvania during February 2014.

Bautista-Ocampo was indicted by a federal grand jury in March 2014, as a result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Homeland Security Investigations, the Pennsylvania State Police, the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office, Berks County Detectives and Montgomery County Detectives.

Judge Mariani also noted that the defendant faces possible deportation as a result of his criminal conduct.

This case was brought as part of a district wide initiative to combat the nationwide epidemic regarding the use and distribution of heroin.  Led by the United States Attorney’s Office, the heroin initiative targets heroin traffickers operating in the Middle District of Pennsylvania and is part of a coordinated effort among federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Francis P. Sempa prosecuted the case.

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Updated July 20, 2016

Drug Trafficking