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Defendant sentenced in Brooklyn federal court to 28 years for drug-related murder

December 14, 2021 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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On Monday, in federal court in Brooklyn, Christian O. Dalmau was sentenced by United States District Judge Pamela K. Chen to 28 years in prison for murder in furtherance of a drug trafficking conspiracy and possessing a firearm in connection with that drug trafficking conspiracy. Dalmau pleaded guilty to those charges in September 2020. 

Breon Peace, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, and Michael J. Driscoll, Assistant Director-in-Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York Field Office (FBI), announced the sentence. 

“Dalmau callously murdered the victim over an unpaid drug debt, but today, Dalmau begins to answer for a different debt – the one he owes to society for decades to come for committing these crimes,” stated United States Attorney Peace. “Today’s sentence underscores the commitment of this Office to protecting our communities from violence and dangerous drugs.” 

Peace thanked the Buffalo Police Department for its assistance in this case. 

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From at least 2011 until Dalmau’s arrest in 2015, the defendant was the leader of a large-scale cocaine distribution network operating throughout the Northeast, but primarily in New York City, Buffalo, New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Puerto Rico. 

One of the individuals Dalmau supplied with quantities of cocaine was Dustin Ortiz-Maldonado. According to public filings and statements made during his guilty plea, on Jan. 5, 2014, Dalmau fatally shot Ortiz-Maldonado four times in Buffalo over a dispute involving an unpaid drug debt. 

Assistant United States Attorney Lauren Howard Elbert is in charge of the prosecution.

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