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Drug Enforcement Administration

New York

Raymond P. Donovan, Special Agent in Charge

December 12, 2018

Contact: Erin Mulvey

Phone Number: (212) 337-2906

California man sentenced on drug trafficking charge involving over 200 lbs. of cocaine

BUFFALO, N.Y. – DEA New York Division Special Agent in Charge Ray Donovan and U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr., announced that Armando Ernesto Abarca, 22, of Modesto, Calif., who was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, five kilograms or more of cocaine, was sentenced to 168 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford.   

Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael J. Adler, who handled the case, stated that between September 2014 and September 2016, the defendant conspired with others to possess and distribute cocaine. Specifically, Abarca utilized a storage unit in Amherst, N.Y., to store 43 kilograms of cocaine. The defendant also distributed approximately 50 kilograms of cocaine in Columbus, Ohio, during the course of the conspiracy.

Charges remain pending against co-defendant Raul Everado Ledesma Abarca. The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.  

The sentencing is the result of an investigation on the part of the Drug Enforcement Administration; Immigration and Custom Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations; and the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigations Division, New York Field Office. Additional assistance was provided by ICE-HSI in Los Angeles, Calif.

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