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NY man arrested in Warren County sentenced to prison for role in drug trafficking conspiracy

TRENTON, NJ – A Bronx man who was arrested in Warren County on Christmas Eve in 2014 was sentenced Wednesday to 41 months in prison for his role in an international drug trafficking organization, according to U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito.

Vionel Rondon Cortorreal, 29, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Peter G. Sheridan to an 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 December 2014, Cortorreal and Dany Francisco-Valerio, 44, of Bronx, New York, conspired with members of the drug trafficking organization to transport and distribute kilogram quantities of heroin. On Dec. 24, 2014, Cortorreal and Francisco-Valerio were arrested in Warren County, New Jersey while transporting 15 kilograms of heroin contained in a hidden compartment in a vehicle they were operating. Francisco-Valerio was previously sentenced to 51 months in prison by Judge Sheridan.

Three other members of the conspiracy, Harry Madrid, 26, of Anaheim, California, his brother, Wilson Madrid, 32, of Norcross, Georgia, and Henry Zamora, 38, of DeKalb, Illinois, previously entered guilty pleas for their roles on behalf of the organization. Harry Madrid has been sentenced to 46 months in prison while Wilson Madrid and Zamora both received seven-year prison sentences from Judge Sheridan.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Sheridan sentenced Cortorreal to three years of supervised release.

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By: Jay Edwards Follow on Twitter | Like on Facebook