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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

District of Arizona

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Ann Birmingham Scheel, United States Attorney

Contact: Manny Tarango

Man Sentenced to 210 Months Imprisonment on Cocaine Charges

TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. District Court Judge Cindy K. Jorgenson sentenced Alex Pedrin, 26, to 210 months imprisonment for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine on Monday.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) learned that Alex Pedrin was conducting home invasions and stealing drugs and money. An ATF undercover agent posed as a disgruntled drug courier and was introduced to Pedrin. The undercover agent told Pedrin he knew where a large amount of cocaine was stored. Pedrin assembled a crew to make an armed entry into the house and steal the cocaine.

On the day the invasion was to occur, Pedrin and his crew were to follow the undercover agent to the location where the drugs were to be taken after the invasion. An arrest team was waiting for Pedrin at the location. However, along the way, Pedrin and the other members of the crew became suspicious and fled. They were later apprehended. Pedrin was convicted by a jury on February 17, 2011.

The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Tucson Police Department. The prosecution has handled by Jesse Figueroa and Ryan DeJoe, Assistant United States Attorneys, District of Arizona, Tucson.


RELEASE NUMBER: 2011-264(Pedrin)