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  • Writer's pictureCaity Koz

Man Pleads Guilty to Possessing with Intent to Distribute 8+ Pounds of Cocaine

A Manchester man pleaded guilty in federal court to possessing with intent to distribute controlled substances, U.S. Attorney Jane E. Young announces.

Bryam Toribio Frias, 24, pleaded guilty to possessing with intent to distribute controlled substances, namely, cocaine. U.S. District Court Judge Samantha Elliott scheduled sentencing for October 10, 2023. The defendant was previously indicted on February 1, 2023.

On December 15, 2021, the defendant signed for and accepted a package addressed to him. A search revealed that the package contained over four kilograms of cocaine. The defendant was arrested shortly after he received the package. A later search of the defendant’s phone showed communications he sent about the package, and a search of his residence yielded additional cocaine in his bedroom.

The charging statute for the drug offense provides a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, a term of supervised release of at least three years, and a maximum fine of $1,000,000.

Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and statutes which govern the determination of a sentence in a criminal case.

The United States Postal Inspection Service led the investigation. Valuable assistance was provided by the Manchester Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron Gingrande is prosecuting the case.


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