Citizen of Dominican Republic Indicted for Cocaine Trafficking and Illegal Reentry

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FILE PHOTO: Signage is seen at the United States Department of Justice headquarters in Washington, D.C.

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Jose Campusano, age 38, a citizen of the Dominican Republic residing in Utica, New York, was indicted yesterday for trafficking cocaine and illegal reentry into the United States.

The announcement was made by United States Attorney Carla B. Freedman; Frank A. Tarentino III, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), New York Division; and Tom Brophy, Buffalo Field Office Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO).

Campusano has been in custody since May, when he was arrested on a federal criminal complaint. The charges in the indictment and complaint are merely accusations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

The charges filed against Campusano carry a maximum term of 20 years in prison, a fine of up to $1 million, and a term of supervised release of at least 3 years and up to life.  A defendant’s sentence is imposed by a judge based on the particular statutes the defendant is charged with violating, the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, and other factors.

This case is being investigated by the DEA and ICE-ERO, with assistance from the New York State Police, Oneida County Sheriff’s Department, Onondaga County District Attorney’s Office, Syracuse Police Department, and Utica Police Department, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica Carbone.