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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Bronx Woman Sentenced On Drug Charge

CONTACT:      Barbara Burns
PHONE:         (716) 843-5817
FAX:            (716) 551-3051 

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Juana M. Diaz, of Bronx, NY, who was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute a kilogram or more of heroin, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara to three years in prison.
 
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Thomas S. Duszkiewicz and Brendan T. Cullinane, who handled the case, stated that on February 6, 2013, the defendant delivered six kilograms of heroin from co-defendant Edison Lantiquato a confidential source working with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Diaz was given what she believed to be $376,000 in United States currency to return to Lantiqua in the Bronx. While en route to the Bronx, the New York State Police pulled over the defendant and the alleged proceeds were seized.
 
Edison Lantiqua was convicted and sentenced to 70 months in prison.
 
The sentencing is the culmination of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent in James J. Hunt, New York Field Division.

Updated June 8, 2016