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Drug trafficker sentenced to 16 years

Arsenio Y. Solano-Fell, 39, of Yonkers, has been sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge David G. Larimer to 200 months in prison for possession and conspiracy to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine.

Solano-Fell was also fined $5,000 and ordered to pay $5,000 to the court as a reimbursement to the fund that paid for his court-appointed attorney.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Frank H. Sherman said that Solano-Fell supplied multi-kilogram amounts of cocaine to a Rochester-based cocaine distribution conspiracy between June 1999 and September 2008. As part of the investigation, more than three kilograms of cocaine were seized in Rochester at various locations. Individuals associated with Solano-Fell also were arrested, leading to information concerning Solano-Fell’s identity and location.  At the time of his arrest in September 2008 in Yonkers, Solano-Fell had a half-kilogram of cocaine in a hidden compartment in his vehicle.

“This sentencing removes a defendant from the street who introduced substantial amounts of narcotics into our community,” said Hochul.