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Individual Sentenced To 12 Years In Prison For Drug Trafficking And Firearm Violations

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico– Yesterday, defendant José Centeno-González was sentenced by Honorable Judge Francisco Besosa to 12 years of imprisonment and 3 years of Supervised Release, announced Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez, United States Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico.

José Centeno-González was arrested by the Police of Puerto Rico on May 6, 2015 while driving a Toyota Tundra. A search warrant was obtained for the Toyota Tundra and during the execution of the search police officers discovered a firearm, a Glock .40, 84 rounds of ammunition, and 113 grams of crack-cocaine inside a hidden compartment. At the time of Centeno’s arrest, he was on supervised release for a priory felony firearms offense. Following a jury trial, on September 21, 2016, Centeno was convicted of possessing a firearm after having been convicted of a felony.

Yesterday, March 29, 2017, during the sentencing hearing the Court found by a preponderance of the evidence that Centeno possessed with intent to distribute 113 grams of crack-cocaine and that he possessed the firearm in furtherance of this offense. Consequently, Centeno was sentenced to the statutory maximum term of imprisonment of 120 months followed by a three-year term of supervised release. In addition, the Court revoked Centeno’s supervision for having engaged in new criminal conduct and sentenced him to serve a consecutive 24-month term of imprisonment for a total sentence of 12 years.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Alexander Alum and Marie Christine Amy from the U.S. Attorney’s Violent Crimes Unit.

Updated March 30, 2017

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