Two get prison time in federal heroin case

Two Youngstown area men, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute heroin in a New York City to Mahoning Valley distribution case, have been sentenced to federal prison, one for five years, and the other for three years and 10 months.

Jose E. Lebron, 46, drew the five-year prison term, followed by five years of supervised release, last week from Chief U.S. District Court Judge Solomon Oliver Jr.

Lebron, who was born and raised in New York, was accused of dealing the drug from homes on 12th Street and Whipple Avenue in Campbell.

Angel L. Rodriguez, 28, who was born in Puerto Rico and raised in Philadelphia, drew the 46-month prison term, followed by three years of supervised release.

Judge Oliver recommended that the U.S. Bureau of Prisons assign both men to the Federal Correctional Institution at Morgantown, W.Va., and place them in an intensive drug treatment program there.

Lebron and Rodriguez were among 11 people a federal grand jury indicted in December 2013 in a ring that brought heroin from New York City to the Youngstown area between November 2012 and November 2013.

During the 15-month investigation, authorities seized about 8.8 pounds of heroin, $200,000 in cash, nine vehicles, 26 guns, and more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition.

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