PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A resident of Penn Hills, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty on February 6, 2024, to one count of violating federal narcotics laws, United States Attorney Eric G. Olshan announced today.
Jose Santiago Hernandez, 32, pleaded guilty to attempting to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of cocaine, a Schedule II controlled substance. Hernandez pleaded guilty before United States Senior District Judge Joy Flowers Conti.
In connection with the guilty plea, the Court was advised that, on June 28, 2021, Hernandez attempted to take possession of two U.S. postal parcels containing powder cocaine, a controlled substance under federal law. Combined, the parcels contained a collective weight of over five kilograms of cocaine.
Judge Conti scheduled sentencing for June 6, 2024. The law provides for a maximum total sentence of up to life in prison, a fine of up to $10 million, or both. Under the federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.
Assistant United States Attorney Nicole A. Stockey is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
The United States Postal Inspection Service conducted the investigation leading to the prosecution of Hernandez.