Ivan Hernandez, 24, of Buffalo, who was convicted of attempted possession with intent to distribute cocaine, was sentenced to 30 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Wei Xiang, who handled the case, said law enforcement officers intercepted a package mailed from Puerto Rico to a residence on Hudson Street on the West Side. The package contained a set of audio speakers with four packets of cocaine, each weighing approximately one-eighth of a kilogram. Hernandez attempted to retrieve the package as it was delivered and was arrested after a sensor alerted that the package was opened.
The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge James J. Hunt, and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, under the direction of Shelly Binkowski, inspector in charge of the Boston Division.