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Western District of Pennsylvania

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Friday, January 27, 2017

Erie Man Sentenced to Prison for Conspiring to Traffic Cocaine

ERIE, Pa. - A resident of Erie, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to serve 12 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release on his conviction of violating federal drug laws, Acting United States Attorney Soo C. Song announced today.

United States District Judge David S. Cercone imposed the sentence Tuesday on Nathanael Ortiz Andino, 30, of Erie, Pennsylvania.

According to information presented to the court, from June 2013 through February 2015, Andino engaged in a conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine which he obtained from other co-conspirators. The court was advised that the cocaine was distributed in Erie as part of a large network transporting cocaine from Mexico into Texas, and from Texas to Erie, Pennsylvania concealed in hidden compartments in vehicles. Andino was responsible for conspiring to distribute multiple ounces of cocaine in the Erie area.

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

Acting U.S. Attorney Song 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 Andino.

Updated January 27, 2017