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Two former Puerto Rico law enforcement officers sentenced for scheme to smuggle heroin to inmates
Published on March 8, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- A former state marshal and a correctional officer in Puerto Rico were sentenced on Thursday for attempting to smuggle heroin to inmates in exchange for payment.

Joel Torres-Velazquez, 49, was sentenced to serve 37 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release. He pleaded guilty on November 6, 2013, to a one-count indictment charging him with attempt to distribute a controlled substance.

Jessica Moreno-Alicea, 39, was sentenced to serve 37 months in prison, followed by four years of supervised release. She pleaded guilty on December 6, 2013, to a one-count indictment charging her with attempt to distribute a controlled substance.

Torres-Velazquez was paid $600 to deliver a package of heroin to an inmate at the Ponce Superior Court, where Torres-Velazquez worked as a state marshal. On March 30, 2011, Torres-Velazquez met with an undercover agent, who he believed was a drug dealer, and was given what he believed to be a package of heroin. He delivered the purported heroin to an inmate in the courthouse that same day.

Moreno was paid $800 to deliver a package of heroin to an inmate at the Ponce State Penitentiary, where Moreno worked as a correctional officer. On February 3, 2011, Moreno met with an undercover agent, who she believed was a drug dealer, and was given what she believed to be heroin. She delivered the purported heroin to an inmate in the prison on February 8, 2011.
 
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