DRUG TRAFFICKER SENTENCED TO 172 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR HIS PARTICIPATION IN AN INTERNATIONAL NARCOTICS DISTRIBUTION CONSPIRACY

United States Attorney
Southern District of New York
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: U.S. ATTORNEY’S OFFICE
JUNE 15, 2011 ELLEN DAVIS, JERIKA RICHARDSON,

PREET BHARARA, the United States Attorney for the
Southern District of New York, announced that JOSE CABRERA, a/k/a
“Jose Luis Cabrera Marcelino” was sentenced today in Manhattan
federal court to 172 months in prison for his role in conspiring
to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute multiple
kilogram-quantities of cocaine and heroin. CABRERA was sentenced
by U.S. District Judge LAWRENCE M. MCKENNA, before whom he pled
guilty on August 5, 2010.
According to the documents previously filed in this
case:
On June 19, 2008, CABRERA was arrested for his
participation in a heroin distribution conspiracy earlier that
year. After being released on bail, CABRERA was intercepted
numerous times on a court-authorized wiretap agreeing with others
to distribute a large shipment of cocaine being flown into New
York from the Dominican Republic. On June 21, 2009, law
enforcement agents at John F. Kennedy International Airport
intercepted a shipment of more than 340 kilograms of cocaine
hidden in two separate breadfruit shipments aboard a commercial
flight from the Dominican Republic. According to U.S. Customs
and Border Protection, this was the largest single seizure of
narcotics ever made at John F. Kennedy International Airport.
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In addition to the prison term, Judge MCKENNA sentenced
CABRERA, 34, of the Bronx, New York, to five years of supervised
release.
Mr. BHARARA praised the outstanding investigative work
of the Drug Enforcement Administration, and thanked U.S. Customs
and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Homeland Security Investigations for their assistance in this
case.
The case is being handled by the Office’s Narcotics
Unit. Assistant U.S. Attorney AMANDA KRAMER is in charge of the
prosecution.
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