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Individual Sentenced To Life In Prison For Drug Trafficking

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

SAN JUAN, P.R. – Delfin Robles-Alvarez was sentenced to life in prison for his participation in a conspiracy to distribute cocaine for the purpose of unlawful importation, conspiracy to import cocaine, and conspiracy to commit money laundering, announced Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez, United States Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico. The defendant went to trial and was found guilty by a federal jury on August 18, 2015.

Seven other co-conspirators had already pled guilty, two are awaiting sentence and one other defendant recently extradited is pending trial.

According to the indictment, throughout the year of 2005 and continuing up to 2014, the defendant, along with others, intentionally combined, conspired and agreed to possess with intent to import and distribute more than 5 kilograms of cocaine from Saint Martin, Netherlands Antilles into Puerto Rico.

During trial, the government presented video, audio, and telephone recordings of a Drug Enforcement Administration investigation into a drug trafficking organization responsible for importing over 2,000 kilograms of cocaine from Saint Martin, Netherlands Antilles, to Puerto Rico for distribution and sale as well as the laundering of funds in excess of 12 million U.S. dollars. The complex conspiracy involved numerous players with various roles, the smuggling of money and drugs both by sea and by air, and various methods to launder the proceeds from these illegal activities, including through the Puerto Rico Lottery System.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mariana Bauzá and Special Assistant United States Attorney Glenn Goetchius.

Updated January 27, 2016

Drug Trafficking