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Utica man sentenced to prison time for role in local heroin trafficking organization

A Utica man was sentenced today in federal court in Syracuse for his role in a local heroin trafficking organization, according to the Department of Justice.

Posted: Nov 16, 2017 1:54 PM

SYRACUSE – A Utica man was sentenced today in federal court in Syracuse for his role in a local heroin trafficking organization, according to the Department of Justice.

Luis Estela, 53, was sentenced to serve four years and three months in prison. Back in June, Estela was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin for his involvement in a heroin trafficking organization operating in Utica and Rome.

According to Acting U.S. Attorney Grant Jaquith, evidence during Estela’s trial showed that he helped the trafficking organization package heroin on multiple occasions and also assisted in distributing the drugs along the Erie Canal in Rome.

Following his release from prison, Estela will also serve a three-year term of supervised release.

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