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Bozeman man sentenced for cocaine trafficking

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Posted at 5:15 PM, Jun 10, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-10 19:15:39-04

MISSOULA — Luis Alberto Rocha of Bozeman, who admitted to trafficking cocaine after an investigation determined he received packages of cocaine and large amounts of cash, was sentenced Thursday.

Rocha, 38 years old, pleaded guilty on February 12 to conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

Court documents state that in September 2019, the Missouri River Drug Task Force in Bozeman received information that Rocha was involved in the distribution of drugs, was moving a lot of weight and had a source of supply in Texas. In April 2020, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service noticed packages scheduled for delivery to Rocha’s residence in Belgrade and to his former residence in Bozeman. The investigation determined that a total of 14 packages had been delivered from California, Texas and Arizona since July 2019.

In July 2020, the postal inspector searched two packages pursuant to search warrants and found $27,000 in currency in one package and $62,000 in currency in a second package. On Aug. 17, 2020, another package addressed to Rocha’s former Bozeman residence was searched pursuant to a warrant, and investigators found it contained about 6.5 pounds of cocaine. The delivery of the package was delayed because of the investigation, and agents learned that someone checked on the status of the package more than 300 times from an internet provider address that was registered to Rocha.

U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen presided, and sentenced Rocah to eight years in prison followed by seven years of supervised release, according to a news release from Acting U.S. Attorney Leif M. Johnson.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy J. Racicot prosecuted the case, which was investigated by the FBI, Missouri River Drug Task Force and U.S. Postal Inspection Service.