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Dunkirk man sentenced to 27 months in prison for major cocaine conspiracy

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Posted at 2:40 PM, Feb 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-08 16:38:41-05

A Dunkirk man was sentenced Wednesday in a major cocaine conspiracy.

Acting U.S. Attorney James Kennedy, Jr. says Samuel Hernandez was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and was sentenced to 27 months in prison.

According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Adler, between 2013 and June 10, 2015 an investigation into a drug trafficking organization, led by David Jesus Pagan and Rafael Burgos, Jr., found they distributed multiple kilograms of cocaine throughout the Dunkirk area.

Hernandez, Pagan, Burgos, Javier Pagan, Jr., Alvin Torres, Jr., and Angel Pierluissi were all arrested in June 2013.

At the time, search warrants were executed at six properties, according to officials. Law enforcement found more than seven kilograms of cocaine and about $175,000 in cash. An AR-15 assault rifle and a 30 round magazine were also recovered.

All six participants in the conspiracy have been convicted.