TRENTON, NJ – A Bronx, New York, man was sentenced Wednesday to 51 months in prison for transporting fifteen kilograms of heroin hidden in a secret compartment on Christmas Eve in 2014, United States Attorney Craig Carpenito said.
Dany Francisco-Valerio, 44, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Peter G. Sheridan to information charging him with conspiracy to distribute heroin.
New Jersey State Police recovered the 15 kilograms, roughly 33 pounds, of suspected heroin in Knowlton Township.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court, in or around December 2014, Francisco-Valerio engaged in a conspiracy with members of a drug trafficking organization to transport and distribute kilogram quantities of heroin.
On December 24, 2014, Francisco-Valerio was arrested in Warren County while transporting fifteen kilograms of heroin contained in a hidden compartment in his vehicle.
Vionel Rondon Cortorreal, Francisco-Valerio’s conspirator, has also pleaded guilty before Judge Sheridan and is awaiting sentencing.
In addition to the prison term, Judge Sheridan sentenced Francisco-Valerio to 3 years of supervised release.