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09/11/2009

ICE arrests alleged leader of drug trafficking organization and 5 other members

NEW YORK - A Dominican national who previously pleaded guilty to cocaine trafficking charges, was sentenced to 12 1/2 years in prison and five years supervised release following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Luis Oscar Reyes-Dilone, 29, of Queens, N.Y., pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine. Court documents also revealed he used his basement apartment as a stash house for heroin, cocaine and drug proceeds.

At the time of his arrest, ICE agents conducted a search of his vehicle and seized approximately $44,500 in bundled U.S. currency.  ICE agents also searched his home and seized approximately six kilograms of cocaine, two kilograms of heroin, drug paraphernalia and approximately $57,000 in U.S. currency.

"This sentencing serves as an example of the serious consequences drug traffickers pay for trying to inject drugs into our communities." said James T. Hayes Jr. special agent in charge of the ICE Office of Investigations in New York. "Drug trafficking is a serious crime and ICE will use all of its investigative resources to keep illegal drugs off our streets."

Reyes-Dilone sentencing is a result of Operation Mojito, an ICE-led undercover investigation with assistance from the New York Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCEDTF). So far, Operation Mojito has netted the arrest and indictment of nine suspects, the seizure of four cars, three AK-47 assault rifles with ammunition, three 9mm pistols, about 17 kilograms of cocaine and two kilograms of heroin.

Reyes-Dilone was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gerard E. Lynch. This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S.Attorney Richard Tarlowe with the Southern District of New York.