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Bronx Man Pleads Guilty to Cocaine Distribution Charges

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

ALBANY, NEW YORK – William Gonzalez, age 56, of the Bronx, New York, pled guilty on Tuesday to conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute more than 5 kilograms of cocaine. The announcement was made by United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith and Ray Donovan, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), New York Division.

As part of his guilty plea, Gonzalez admitted that between August 2018 and September 2019, he distributed at least 5 kilograms of cocaine to a co-conspirator by meeting the co-conspirator in a parking lot in Saratoga Springs, New York, and exchanging cocaine for cash.  Gonzalez admitted that he knew the co-conspirator would further redistribute the cocaine. Gonzalez further admitted that on September 25, 2019, he sold 1 kilogram of cocaine to the co-conspirator in exchange for cash.

Sentencing is scheduled for January 12, 2021 before Chief United States District Judge Glenn T. Suddaby, at which time Gonzalez faces a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 10 years, and a maximum sentence of up to life in prison, and a term of post-imprisonment supervised release of at least 5 years and up to life. A defendant’s sentence is imposed by a judge based on the particular statute the defendant is charged with violating, the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other factors. The defendant agreed in his plea agreement to forfeit to the United States the proceeds of his illegal activity.

The following co-defendants were previously charged and/or sentenced:

On July 13, 2020, Nestor Cordero-Hernandez was sentenced to 87 months in prison to be followed by a 3-year term of supervised release.

On March 12, 2020, Victor Aguero Vasquez was indicted on charges of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine, and distribution of cocaine.  On November 22, 2019, April Allen was charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine. The charges against these defendants are merely allegations, and they are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

This case was investigated by the DEA and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ashlyn Miranda.

Updated August 20, 2020

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