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Harrisburg, PA

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that Luis Beato-Hererra, age 29, of the Dominican Republic, was sentenced to 130 months’ imprisonment and five years of supervised release on November 20, 2018, by Chief United States District Court Judge Christopher  Conner for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin and cocaine hydrochloride, and for possessing a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking.

According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, Beato-Hererra pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin (equivalent to approximately 40,000 to 50,000 individuals doses of heroin) and five kilograms or more of cocaine, and for possessing a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking.

The charges stemmed from an investigation in which the Department of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents intercepted packages sent from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic to the United States between June and October 2014.  The packages contained kilogram quantities of heroin and cocaine hydrochloride concealed inside xbox consoles, air filters, and projectors. The conspiracy spanned from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York.

Beato-Hererra was charged in July 2015 with ten other individuals.  All of his co-defendants have been sentenced:

  • Christian Rivera-Rios was sentenced to 181 months’ imprisonment;
  • Glauco Kelvin Celedonio-Smith was sentenced to 180 months’ imprisonment;
  • Yefries Guillen-Herrera was sentenced to 57 months’ imprisonment;
  • Felix Rodriguez-Pabon was sentenced to 87 months’ imprisonment;
  • Nelson Martinez was sentenced to 63 months’ imprisonment;
  • Wilson Herrera was sentenced to 120 months’ imprisonment;
  • Wilfreddy Perez was sentenced to 35 months’ imprisonment;
  • Jose Pena-Herrera was sentenced to 12 months and 1 day imprisonment;
  • Lional Martinez-Osoria was sentenced to 68 months’ imprisonment; and
  • Joshua De La Cruz was sentenced to 60 months’ imprisonment.

The US Attorney’s office says the investigation was conducted by HSI, the Pennsylvania State Police, the Berks County District Attorney’s Office Detective Unit and the U.S. Customs & Border Protection and was prosecuted Assistant U.S. Attorney Daryl F. Bloom prosecuted the case.