News Release
Date: June 24, 2010
Contact: Rich Isaacson
Number: (313) 234-4310

Louisville Man Indicted for Multiple Counts of Cocaine Distribution

JUN 24 -- LOUISVILLE, KY - United States Attorney David J. Hale of the Western District of Kentucky announced today that a federal grand jury in Louisville returned an indictment against Elio Lopez-Sarduy, age 39 on charges of possession with the intent to distribute cocaine.

Lopez-Sarduy has been living in Louisville, Kentucky, since leaving his native Cuba in 2003. The five counts of the Indictment allege that between October 20, 2009, and May 27, 2010, Lopez-Sarduy conspired to knowingly and intentionally possess with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of a substance containing a detectable amount of cocaine, with an approximate wholesale value of $16,800.

In the event of a conviction, the defendant faces a combined maximum potential penalty of up to 100 years in federal prison. The mandatory minimum sentence if convicted would be 5 years in prison and a supervised release for a period of at least four years. There is no parole in the Federal Judicial system.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mac Shannon, and it was investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

Lopez-Sarduy is scheduled to appear for arraignment before the United States Magistrate Judge on July 20, 2010, at 9:30 a.m., in Louisville, Kentucky.

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The indictment of a person by a Grand Jury is an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.