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Man Sentenced to Seven Years in Federal Prison for Trafficking Heroin and Cocaine in Chicago Area

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Illinois

CHICAGO — A man has been sentenced to seven years in federal prison for trafficking heroin and cocaine in the Chicago area.

From 2015 to 2022, ALFONSO HIDALGO-GOMEZ obtained heroin and cocaine from Mexico and distributed the narcotics in the Chicago area.  During his trafficking activities in the Chicago area, Hidalgo-Gomez was accountable for distributing at least 13.4 kilograms of narcotics.  At least two other individuals worked for Hidalgo-Gomez, distributing drugs at his direction.

Hidalgo-Gomez, 37, of Chicago, pleaded guilty earlier this year to a drug conspiracy charge.  U.S. District Judge Jorge L. Alonso imposed the sentence on Dec. 13, 2023, after a hearing in federal court in Chicago.

The sentence was announced by Morris Pasqual, Acting United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, Sheila G. Lyons, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Field Division of the DEA, Robert W. “Wes” Wheeler, Jr., Special Agent-in-Charge of the FBI Chicago Field Office, and Ruth M. Mendonça, Inspector-in-Charge of the Chicago Division of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

The case was part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force operation.  OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles drug trafficking organizations and other criminal networks that threaten the United States using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach that leverages the strengths of federal, state, and local enforcement agencies.

“The streets of Chicago are made immeasurably more dangerous because of the drug trade,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Misty N. Wright argued in the government’s sentencing memorandum.  “People like defendant perpetuate the drug trafficking crisis in Chicago and all that goes with it, including addiction, crime, and violence.  This type of activity endangers our communities.”

Updated December 21, 2023

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