10 year prison sentence for NY man on drug trafficking charge and failure to appear in court
HARRISBURG, Pa. – A New York City man was sentenced to10 years in federal prison by U.S. District Court Judge Yvette Kane in Harrisburg for conspiracy to distribution multiple kilograms of cocaine and for failure to appear in court.
According to the United States Attorney, Jonathan G. Almanzar, 35, was charged in October 2005 with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine hydrochloride. Almanzar and three others also from New York City were arrested in October 2005 at the Perkins restaurant on Linglestown Road in Harrisburg. They were there to conduct a drug deal for 25 to 50 kilograms of cocaine. Almanzar and his co-defendants were in possession of $37,940 cash. The transaction was under surveillance by federal and state agents and all the suspects were arrested at the scene.
Almanzar signed a plea agreement in July 2006. He was on bail and subsequently failed to appear in federal court for a scheduled guilty plea proceeding so an arrest warrant was issued.
Almanzar remained a fugitive for approximately 9 years until he was located and arrested in New York City in March. In July, a criminal Information was filed charging Almanzar with failure to appear. Almanzar plead guilty to all charges.
The case was investigated by the Harrisburg Resident Office of the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Pennsylvania State Police, the Dauphin County Drug Task Force and the United States Marshals Service.