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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 19, 2016

Edinboro Woman Sentenced to Time-Served for Allowing Her Home to be Used as Stash House

ERIE, Pa. - A former resident of Edinboro, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to the 15½ months of time already served in jail and was ordered to forfeit $14,340.00 on her conviction of making her home available for drug activities, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

United States District Judge David S. Cercone imposed the sentence on Christian Urrutia Rojas, 30.

According to information presented to the court, from June 2013 through February 2015, Rojas engaged in a conspiracy with eighteen co-defendants to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine, ounces of high purity methamphetamine, and ounces of heroin. Rojas facilitated the conspiracy by knowingly having her home in Edinboro used as the drop-off point for drugs and money.

Assistant United States Attorney Marshall J. Piccinini prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the Homeland Security Investigations, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Pennsylvania State Police, U.S. Border Patrol, the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation; the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General Organized Crime Section, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the U.S. Marshals Service, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Rojas.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Updated May 19, 2016