Worcester Man Gets 3.5 Years in Prison for Cocaine Trafficking

by | Oct 2, 2019 | Headlines, Crime, News

WORCESTER – The second of four defendants involved in a trafficking ring responsible for smuggling more than 20 kilograms of cocaine into central Massachusetts was sentenced on Tuesday in federal court in Worcester to three and a half years in prison.

Japhet Garcia, 33, of Worcester, previously pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute in excess of five kilograms of cocaine and possession with the intent to distribute over 500 grams of cocaine.

Additionally, Garcia was sentenced to two years of supervised release following his prison sentence. 

As ThisWeekinWorcester.com reported last week, co-conspirator Jose Gonzalez, 38, of Worcester was sentenced to 10 years in prison. 






Along with Garcia and Gonzalez, two other co-conspirators are scheduled to be sentenced next month.

Co-defendant Deibby Garcia is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 1, and co-defendant Erick Cruz is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 8.

Another alleged member of the conspiracy, Caroline Cartagena, faces state charges.

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