A Huntington Station man was sentenced Tuesday to 6 years in federal prison for running a large-scale cocaine distribution ring.
Before he was sentenced, Adrian Bonilla told federal District Court Judge Leonard Wexler in Central Islip, "I'd like to apologize to my community, to the court . . . I'm sorry for what I have done. I will never let my family down again."
Bonilla, 36, also asked the judge for a light sentence so that his four children would not grow up without a father. Bonilla's children are 4, 7, 8 and 14, according to his attorney, Anthony La Pinta of Hauppauge.storyFeds: LIer had 24 pounds of coke, $3M cash
Before sentencing Bonilla, Wexler said he did not feel sorry for him, adding: "I feel sorry for your children . . . you knew what you were doing." Wexler noted it had to have taken several years for Bonilla to accumulate the millions of dollars in cash that agents found in his apartment when he was arrested.
The judge -- who could have sentenced him to more than 15 years -- ordered Bonilla to forfeit $3 million in cash that authorities had found in the apartment safes and 5 years of supervised release. Bonilla, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute cocaine in February 2014, also had previously agreed to forfeit three houses he owned in the Huntington area.
La Pinta said afterward, "We are very pleased with the sentence."
Eastern District prosecutor Allen Bode declined to comment.
Bonilla was arrested by federal drug enforcement agents in July 2013. In Bonilla's apartment, they found six safes containing the cash in $50 and $100 bills hidden behind freshly installed drywall, according to officials at the time. The agents also found 24 pounds of cocaine, officials said.
While he might have been successful as a drug dealer, Bonilla was not very good at concealing his activities, officials have said.
In surveilling Bonilla, the agents found clear plastic bags and paper towels containing traces of white powder, which tested positive for cocaine, in a trash bag left outside for garbage collection. They also found a receipt for an unspecified item in the bag with the names "Adrian" and "Adrian Bonilla" on it, officials said.