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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of New Jersey

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Bronx Man Sentenced To 41 Months In Prison For Role In Drug Trafficking Conspiracy

TRENTON, N.J. – A Bronx, New York, man who was arrested in Warren County on Christmas Eve in 2014 was sentenced today to 41 months in prison for his role in an international drug trafficking organization, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Vionel Rondon Cortorreal, 29, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Peter G. Sheridan to an information charging him with conspiracy to distribute heroin. Judge Sheridan imposed the sentence today in Trenton federal court.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

In December 2014, Cortorreal and Dany Francisco-Valerio, 44, of Bronx, New York, conspired with members of the drug trafficking organization to transport and distribute kilogram quantities of heroin. On Dec. 24, 2014, Cortorreal and Francisco-Valerio were arrested in Warren County, New Jersey while transporting 15 kilograms of heroin contained in a hidden compartment in a vehicle they were operating. Francisco-Valerio was previously sentenced to 51 months in prison by Judge Sheridan.

Three other members of the conspiracy, Harry Madrid, 26, of Anaheim, California, his brother, Wilson Madrid, 32, of Norcross, Georgia, and Henry Zamora, 38, of DeKalb, Illinois, previously entered guilty pleas for their roles on behalf of the organization. Harry Madrid has been sentenced to 46 months in prison while Wilson Madrid and Zamora both received seven-year prison sentences from Judge Sheridan.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Sheridan sentenced Cortorreal to three years of supervised release.

U.S. Attorney Carpenito praised special agents of the DEA, Newark Division, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Valerie A. Nickerson, officers from the N.J. State Police under the direction of Acting Superintendent Colonel Patrick J. Callahan, and officers from the DeKalb (Illinois) Police Department, under the direction of Chief Gene Lowrey, with the investigation leading to today’s sentencing.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas S. Kearney of the U.S. Attorney’s Office OC/Gangs Unit in Newark and Assistant U.S. Attorney Jamari Buxton of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Economic Crimes Unit in Newark.

Defense counsel: Brian J. Neary Esq., Hackensack, New Jersey

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
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Press Release Number: 
18-195
Updated May 30, 2018