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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Former Erie Resident Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison for Cocaine Conspiracy

ERIE, Pa. - A former resident of Erie, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to 60 months in federal prison on his conviction of violating federal drug laws, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today. The sentence is to run concurrent to the sentence he is currently serving from York County, South Carolina.

United States District Judge David S. Cercone imposed the sentence on Rafael Vazquez Valentin, 38.

According to information presented to the court, Valentin and two co-defendants conspired to distribute and possess with intent to distribute more than a kilogram of cocaine.

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

United States Attorney Brady commended the EAGLE task force, which is comprised of members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office, Bureau of Narcotics Investigation and the Erie Police Department for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Valentin.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Updated January 29, 2019