Pair of Rochester Men Sentenced in Drug Conspiracy

July 7, 2011 Updated Jul 7, 2011 at 6:29 PM EDT

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Pair of Rochester Men Sentenced in Drug Conspiracy

July 7, 2011 Updated Jul 7, 2011 at 6:29 PM EDT

Rochester, N.Y. (WKBW release) -- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced Thursday that Victor Lebron, 34, of Rochester, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute cocaine and heroin and money laundering, was sentenced to 192 months in prison by U.S. District Judge David G. Larimer.

Lebron also forfeited more than $160,000 in cash and three vehicles as proceeds of his drug activities.

Judge Larimer also sentenced Melvin Rivera, 29, of Rochester, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute cocaine and heroin, to 60 months in prison.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Noto, who handled the case, stated that the defendants participated in a drug organization that was responsible for the widespread distribution of cocaine and heroin in the Avenue C and Radio Street areas of Rochester, New York between January 2005 and October 2009. Lebron was the leader of this organization and Rivera was one of multiple co-conspirators who sold heroin and cocaine for Lebron.

Lebron and Rivera were two of 12 defendants arrested for their participation in this large drug trafficking organization. All 12 defendants have been convicted. Lebron and Rivera were the tenth and eleventh defendants to be sentenced.