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Penn Hills Resident Sentenced to Over Three Years in Prison for Trafficking Cocaine

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

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A resident of Penn Hills, Pennsylvania, was sentenced on June 6, 2024, to 37 months of incarceration, to be followed by three years of federal supervised release, following his federal drug trafficking conviction, United States Attorney Eric G. Olshan announced today.

Senior United States District Judge Joy Flowers Conti imposed the sentence on Jose Santiago Hernandez, 32. In February, Hernandez pleaded guilty to attempting to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, a Schedule II controlled substance.

According to information presented to the Court, on June 28, 2021, Hernandez attempted to take possession of two parcels that contained a collective weight of over 5,000 grams of cocaine. Hernandez was attempting to pick up these parcels from an apartment complex in Monroeville when he was apprehended by law enforcement.

In imposing the sentence, Judge Conti emphasized the serious nature of Hernandez’s conduct, noting the harm to the community that could have resulted but for law enforcement’s intervention. She also expressed concern regarding the quantity of cocaine Hernandez attempted to possess.

Assistant United States Attorney Nicole A. Stockey prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

United States Attorney Olshan commended the United States Postal Inspection Service for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Hernandez.

Updated June 7, 2024

Drug Trafficking