(STL.News) – United States Attorney William M. McSwain announced that Rodolfo Blanco, 45, of Langhorne, PA, was sentenced to 78 months’ imprisonment, followed by four years’ supervised release, and ordered to pay a $25,000 fine. United States District Court Judge Jeffrey Schmehl imposed the sentence.
In July 2019, Blanco pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine and one count of attempted possession with intent to distribute cocaine. Blanco was arrested on June 12, 2019, while traveling southbound on Interstate 476, and the Pennsylvania State Police recovered approximately one kilogram of cocaine in Blanco’s vehicle. Two days later, federal authorities intercepted a second package mailed to a house Blanco owned in Philadelphia. The second package contained approximately one additional kilogram of cocaine.
“This case is an example of federal and state law enforcement working together to stop the flow of illegal narcotics onto the streets of Philadelphia,” said U.S. Attorney McSwain. “Aggressive enforcement of our nation’s most serious drug laws, which is a top priority for my Office, is the best way to stop illegal drugs from destroying our communities and endangering public safety.”
The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, with assistance from the Pennsylvania State Police and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Christopher J. Mannion and Alison Donahue Kehner.