Rochester Man, Edwin Calderon Sentened For Selling Cocaine And Laundering The Proceeds
ROCHESTER, N.Y (STL.News) U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Edwin Calderon, 39, of Rochester, NY, who was convicted of conspiring to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, 500 grams or more of cocaine, and conspiring to commit money laundering, was sentenced to serve 120 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Katelyn M. Hartford, who handled the case, stated that between 2015 and September 27, 2018, the defendant conspired with Carlos Cruz-Garcia and others, to sell cocaine. Calderon obtained quantities of cocaine to distribute in the Rochester area. Some came through the United States Postal Service addressed to other people, including Cruz-Garcia. Those packages contained half-kilogram quantities of cocaine and were shipped from Puerto Rico. Co-conspirators would then deliver the packages to the defendant who would sell the cocaine for profit.
In furtherance of the money laundering conspiracy, Calderon and his co-conspirators exchanged small denomination bills from drug sales for larger denomination bills at banks, in an effort to reduce the physical size of the bills and, therefore, make it easier to conceal and transport.