From Philadelphia to Yonkers: Three Men Receive Prison Sentences for Drug Possession and Trafficking

Three defendants have been sentenced to prison for their involvement in illegal narcotics possession and inter-state drug trafficking. One man received an additional sentence for possessing explicit material involving children on his cell phone. Westchester County District Attorney Miriam E. Rocah announced these sentences on Friday, October 20th.

The prosecution stemmed from a six month multi-agency investigation that began in February 2022. It targeted the illegal possession and trafficking of cocaine from Philadelphia to Yonkers. The High Technology Crimes Squad of the DA’s Office played a pivotal role in conducting a forensic analysis of the defendants’ cell phones. In so doing, incriminating evidence revealed text message photos of drug sales worth over $1 million. The investigation resulted in the conviction and sentencing of the three defendants.

The sentences

Marco Rivera, a 31-year-old resident of Philadelphia, received a sentence of 12 years in state prison on September 28 by Judge Robert Neary. A jury found Rivera guilty of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the First Degree and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree after a three week trial on May 11.

In addition to his drug-related convictions, Rivera received an indeterminate term of 1 1/3 to four years in state prison on October 19 for pleading guilty to three counts of Possessing an Obscene Sexual Performance by a Child. This sentencing was the result of an indictment by a Westchester County Grand Jury in March, consequently revealing the disturbing content on Rivera’s cell phone.

The court sentenced Christian Miranda, a 34-year-old from Yonkers, to nine years in prison. He pleaded guilty to Operating as a Major Trafficker and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the First Degree. Miranda and Rivera’s August 2, 2022 arrest led to the recovery of three kilograms of cocaine. Authorities also discovered more than $300,000 hidden within furniture at their Yonkers apartment.

Mark Figueroa, a 61-year-old Brooklyn resident, was sentenced on June 8 to six years in state prison. His guilty plea resulted from his arrest where authorities seized four kilograms of cocaine from his car. Police arrested him following a drug exchange with Miranda on Nepperhan Street in Yonkers.

The District Attorney expressed her gratitude towards the Drug Enforcement Administration‘s New York Drug Enforcement Task Force. DEA agents, New York City Police Department officers, and New York State Police personnel comprise this collaborative unit.

This is a result of yet another strong partnership with our federal, state and local law enforcement […] and also the intra-office collaboration between investigations and cybercrimes to identify someone who also posed a threat to children

Miriam E. Rocah – Westchester District Attorney

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