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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, July 18, 2016

Philadelphia Man Sentenced To 25 Years For Heroin Trafficking And Firearms Violation

HARRISBURG - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that Jose Juan Albertorio-Garcia, age 48, of Philadelphia, was sentenced to 25 years (300 months) by Senior U.S. District Court Judge Sylvia H. Rambo. This sentencing hearing followed Albertorio-Garcia’s conviction by a jury on November 4, 2015 for possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking and distributing heroin.

According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, the jury returned a verdict of guilty after hearing evidence that Albertorio-Garcia supplied other drug dealers with heroin for distribution in Harrisburg.  The Pennsylvania State Police seized nearly 1,000 individual doses of heroin from Albertorio-Garcia’s operation in a seven day period, prior to arresting him and,  following his arrest on March 18, 2014, seized additional quantities of heroin and a firearm from his home in Philadelphia. 

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Pennsylvania State Police and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Meredith A. Taylor.

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.

         

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Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Updated July 18, 2016