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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Illinois

Friday, February 3, 2017

Columbus, Ohio Woman Sentenced for Heroin and Cocaine Offenses


Yesenia Romero-Samano, 38, of Columbus, Ohio has been sentenced to 37 months of imprisonment for possession with intent to deliver heroin and cocaine, U.S. Attorney Donald S. Boyce for the Southern District of Illinois announced today. The sentencing occurred in the U.S. District Court in East St. Louis on February 2, 2017.

Romero-Samano pled guilty to the federal charges on September 30, 2016. At her change of plea hearing, Romero-Samano admitted that she had been transporting six kilograms of heroin (approximately 13 pounds) and 1 kilogram of cocaine when her car was stopped by the Illinois State Police on Highway 55/70 for traffic offenses on March 3, 2016.

Romero-Samano has been continuously confined since her arrest. After Romero-Samano completes her prison sentence, she will then serve a term of 3 years of supervised release.

The investigation resulting in Romero-Samano’s arrest and conviction was conducted by the Illinois State Police and by Department of Homeland Security agents.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert L. Garrison.


Drug Trafficking
Updated February 3, 2017