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Guatemalan Man Guilty Of Heroin Trafficking, faces at least 10 years in prison

Guatemalan Man Guilty Of Heroin Trafficking, faces at least 10 years in prison
​Scranton, PA

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Cesar Moscoso-Sagastume, age 39, a citizen of Guatemala, pleaded guilty on October 8, 2019, before Senior U.S. District Court Judge A. Richard Caputo, to participating in a conspiracy that transported more than a kilogram of heroin that was seized by investigators on Interstate 80 near Hazleton in February 2018.

According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, Moscoso-Sagastume admitted to conspiring with others to distribute and possess with intent to distribute between three and ten kilograms of heroin (which is equivalent to between 120,000 and 400,000 retail bags of heroin) between November 2017 and February 2018. Investigators seized approximately five kilograms of heroin during the investigation.

Judge Caputo ordered a presentence investigation to be completed. Sentencing is scheduled for April 30, 2020.

The charge against Moscoso-Sagastume resulted from an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Pennsylvania State Police. Assistant U.S. Attorney Francis P. Sempa is prosecuting the case.

The maximum penalty under federal law is life imprisonment. The charge also carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in prison.

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