Mexican Sentenced for Role in Large-Scale Heroin and Cocaine Trafficking Conspiracy
PITTSBURGH—A citizen of Mexico has been sentenced in federal court to 57 months of imprisonment with credit for time served, subject to deportation along with three years of supervised release on his conviction of conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin, and five kilograms or more of cocaine, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.
United States District Judge Cathy Bissoon imposed the sentence on Javier Ochoa, 53, of Mexico.
According to information presented to the court, Olufemi Young was a large-scale trafficker of cocaine and heroin in Pittsburgh, Pa. Following his release from federal prison in 2011, law enforcement collected evidence demonstrating that Young conspired to import multiple kilogram quantities of cocaine and heroin into the Western District of Pennsylvania, with these narcotics coming mainly from California and Arizona. In April of 2014, law enforcement seized nearly $260,000 in cash from individuals associated with Ochoa in Munhall, Pa. At that time, law enforcement also recovered an “owe sheet,” indicating that Young had purchased 10 kilograms of cocaine and two kilograms of heroin from his co-conspirators. In May of 2014, law enforcement seized another $660,000 in cash from Ochoa and Young in the Lawrenceville section of Pittsburgh. In the late summer of 2014, law enforcement began wiretap interceptions of telephones utilized by Young and a co-conspirator, and pursuant to those interceptions, law enforcement stopped a tractor trailer, being driven by another two co-conspirators, in Somerset County, Pa., on Nov. 10, 2014. This tractor trailer was carrying 19 kilograms of cocaine destined for Pittsburgh and multiple pallets of food bound for Wal-Mart. Young is presently serving a 10-year prison sentence for his involvement in this case.
Assistant United States Attorneys Eric Rosen, Ryan K. Hart and Cindy K. Chung prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.
U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the Drug Enforcement Administration, Internal Revenue Service, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Munhall Police Department, Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office, Pennsylvania Attorney General, and the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Ochoa.