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Mexican National Sentenced to 18 Years for Dealing Cocaine

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

ERIE, Pa. - A Mexican national has been sentenced in federal court to 18 years in jail on his conviction of violating federal drug laws, United States Attorney Cindy K. Chung announced today.

United States District Judge Stephanie L. Haines imposed the sentence on Adelfo Rodriguez-Mendez, 42.

According to information presented to the court, Rodriguez-Mendez conspired to distribute and distributed cocaine out of what was then known as the East Coast Monster Garage on West 12th Street in Erie, Pennsylvania from August 2015 through June 29, 2017. Assistant United States Attorney Paul S. Sellers, who prosecuted this case on behalf of the government, told the court that Rodriguez-Mendez had “managed a drug trafficking enterprise that was extensive, lengthy and profitable” and admitted testimony and evidence during the sentencing that $939,610.00 in cocaine proceeds were seized as part of the investigation.

Prior to imposing sentence, Judge Haines stated that the evidence had demonstrated that Rodriguez-Mendez was the organizer and leader of a substantial drug distribution network that was responsible for trafficking between five and fifteen kilograms of cocaine into Erie, Pennsylvania during the time charged in the indictment.

United States Attorney Chung commended the Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, and the Pennsylvania State Police for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Rodriguez-Mendez.

Updated March 4, 2022

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