Chicago Man Pleads Guilty To Participating In Multi-State Heroin Trafficking Conspiracy
The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a 37-year-old Chicago resident pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Court Judge Robert D. Mariani to participating in a drug conspiracy that was responsible for distributing heroin and other drugs during a four-year time period in Monroe, Montgomery, and Berks Counties in Pennsylvania.
According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, the defendant, Gilberto Bautista-Ocampo, admitted to acting as a drug courier for the conspiracy and transporting seven kilograms of heroin from Chicago to Pennsylvania in February 2014.
The charge against Bautista-Ocampo resulted from 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.
Bautista-Ocampo faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million. Judge Mariani ordered a pre-sentence report to be completed. Sentencing is scheduled to take place in June 2015.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Francis P. Sempa is prosecuting the case.
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