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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

New York Man Sentenced To 10 Years In Prison For Role In Conspiracy To Distribute 22 Kilograms Of Heroin

TRENTON, N.J. – A Bronx, New York, man was sentenced today to 120 months in prison for driving to Clifton, New Jersey, to pick up a suitcase filled with 22 kilograms of heroin, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Emmanuel Gonzalez, 32, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Peter G. Sheridan to an information charging him with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute a kilogram or more of heroin. Judge Sheridan imposed the sentence today in Trenton federal court.

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

On Feb. 5, 2016, law enforcement observed a tractor trailer, driven by Sauro D. Estevez Figueredo, 48, of Miami, and Alberto Mora, 53, of Morriston, Florida, parked at an intersection near a store in Clifton. That afternoon, Gonzalez and Edwin Alamo Jr., 22, of Bronx, drove to the tractor trailer and left with a suitcase given to them by Mora.

Subsequent traffic stops later revealed 22 kilograms of heroin in Gonzalez and Alamo’s possession. Law enforcement also found 10 kilograms of cocaine and 10 kilograms of fentanyl still remaining at the tractor trailer.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Sheridan sentenced Gonzalez to five years of supervised release.

U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Carl J. Kotowski in Newark, with the investigation leading to today’s sentencing.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Meredith Williams of the OCDETF/Narcotics Unit of the Criminal Division in Newark.

Defense Counsel: James Murphy Esq., Princeton, New Jersey        

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Updated December 20, 2016