BERGENFIELD, N.J. -- A New York man who conspired with a Bergenfield woman to traffic more than 4½ pounds of cocaine from Puerto Rico to Bergen County was sentenced Thursday to three years in federal prison.
Ramis Esteves, 33, took a plea deal from federal prosecutors and pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Newark last July to conspiring to distribute the drug.
Esteves was arrested on March 24, 2015 in Bergen County after he accepted delivery of roughly two kilos mailed to him from Puerto Rico.
Also arrested was Sasha Melendez, 38, of Bergenfield, who was sentenced in January to 37 months in prison.
Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick credited postal inspectors of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and special agents of the DEA for making the case, handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan M. Peck of his General Crimes Unit.
In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Judge Claire C. Cecchi sentenced Esteves to three years of supervised release.
Unlike the state system, federal justice requires convicts to serve just about all of their sentence – sometimes with barely a month off for good behavior.