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Leader Of Bronx Drug Distribution Organization Sentenced To 188 Months In Prison

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of New York

Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that HECTOR PALERMO was sentenced today by United States District Judge Gregory H. Woods to 188 months in prison for leading a drug trafficking conspiracy that operated in the Hunts Point section of the Bronx.  PALERMO pled guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Henry B. Pitman on November 19, 2018.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said:  “Today’s sentence sends a message that destructive drug trafficking in our communities will not be tolerated.  We continue our daily work with our law enforcement partners to keep the streets free of dangerous narcotics.”

According to the allegations in the Indictment, and statements made in court filings and during court proceedings:

Between approximately 2014 and 2017, PALERMO was one of the leaders of a violent drug trafficking organization that controlled the distribution of large amounts of crack cocaine in the Hunts Point section of the Bronx.  PALERMO managed all aspects of the organization, from the preparation of narcotics to the supervision of individuals who conducted hand-to-hand sales of narcotics. 

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In addition to his prison sentence, PALERMO, 37, was sentenced to five years of supervised release.

Mr. Berman praised the excellent work of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Homeland Security Investigations, and the New York City Police Department.  Mr. Berman also thanked the Bronx County District Attorney’s Office for their assistance in the investigation.    

This case is being handled by the Office’s Violent and Organized Crime Unit.  Assistant United States Attorney Sarah Krissoff is in charge of the prosecution.

Updated June 5, 2019

Drug Trafficking
Press Release Number: 19-178