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Puerto Rican Man Going To Prison For Selling Fentanyl

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

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

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Xavier Hernandez-Gerena, 29, of Puerto Rico, who was convicted of possession with intent to distribute fentanyl, was sentenced to serve 46 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Charles J. Siragusa.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Katelyn Hartford, who handled the case, stated that on October 16, 2018, law enforcement officers recovered quantities of fentanyl and heroin from the defendant. In addition, on May 23 and June 6, 2018, Hernandez-Gerena sold fentanyl to another individual in exchange for cash.

The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge John B. Devito, New York Field Division, and the New York State Police, under the direction of Major Eric Laughton.

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Updated September 16, 2019

Drug Trafficking