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Queens Man Sentenced to 70 Months for Trafficking Heroin and Oxycodone in the Capital Region

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

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Eric Soto, age 38, of Queens County, New York, was sentenced today to 70 months in prison for distributing and possessing with intent to distribute over 800 grams of heroin, and oxycodone pills, in June 2018 in various locations in Albany County.

The announcement was made by United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith and Special Agent in Charge Ray Donovan of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), New York Division. 

Soto was also ordered to serve a 4-year term of supervised release following his release from prison, and to forfeit $19,960 in proceeds from his drug trafficking activity.

In imposing sentence, the Court found that in June 2018, Soto travelled from New York City to the Capital Region on three occasions for the purpose of distributing both heroin and oxycodone at various locations in Albany County, including in Colonie, Guilderland and Watervliet.  On June 22, 2018, he was arrested in a mall parking lot in possession of 583 grams of heroin and 99 oxycodone pills, which he intended to sell.  He has remained in custody since his arrest.

This case was investigated by the DEA, with assistance from the Albany County Sheriff’s Office, and the Police Departments of Colonie, Guilderland and Watervliet.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Emmet O’Hanlon.

Updated July 9, 2020

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