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Sixth defendant sentenced in drug conspiracy

By: Daily Record Staff//January 5, 2011

Sixth defendant sentenced in drug conspiracy

By: Daily Record Staff//January 5, 2011//

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Felix Vazquez Jr., 22, of Rochester, has been sentenced by U.S. District Judge Charles Siragusa to 135 months in prison.

He was convicted of drug conspiracy and conspiracy to possess a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer M. Noto, who handled the case, said Vazquez participated in a large narcotics trafficking organization responsible for the receipt and distribution of multiple kilograms of cocaine and heroin in the Rochester area between January 2007 and October 2008.

He was one of 32 defendants charged with federal crimes related to participation in this drug conspiracy, whose members also frequently used firearms. Vazquez and others received packages of cocaine and heroin via U.S. mail from Puerto Rico where they sent the proceeds of drug sales.  

Vazquez is one of 26 defendants who have pleaded guilty in the case and the sixth to be sentenced. The defendant’s uncles, Jose Vazquez and Angel Vazquez, previously resolved their charges with guilty pleas admitting their participation in the drug conspiracy and are currently awaiting sentencing.

Felix Vazquez Sr. is awaiting trial on this matter and also has charges pending in U.S. District Court in Buffalo for his alleged participation in a conspiracy to murder Quincy Turner.

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