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A 31-year-old Lackawanna man on Friday was sentenced to five years in prison by Chief U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny on a cocaine-trafficking conviction.

Angelo Vazquez-Rodriguez was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine, U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr., said.

Vazquez-Rodriguez had been expecting to receive a two-kilogram shipment of cocaine from Puerto Rico in 2012. Hochul said the shipment was intercepted by federal agents, who refilled the package with “sham material” and had it delivered to the suspect. Vazquez-Rodriguez was arrested on April 13, 2012 when he accepted delivery of the package. He also was charged with having an illegal firearm with a defaced serial number, making it an untraceable weapon.

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