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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Ohio

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Cleveland men indicted for cocaine conspiracy

Two Cleveland men were indicted for conspiring to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, said Acting U.S. Attorney Carole S. Rendon.

Indicted are Noel Del Valle Cruz, 31, and Carlos Juan Torres Mendoza, 36.

They are accused of conspiring to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine between January and April, according to the indictment.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Vasile Katsaros following an investigation by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the court after review of factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, the defendant’s role in the offense and the characteristics of the violations.  In all cases, the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and, in most cases, it will be less than the maximum.

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.  A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Drug Trafficking
Updated May 4, 2016