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Federal judge hands Gamer 18 months in prison for drug trafficking

September 11, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Federal judge hands Gamer 18 months in prison for drug trafficking Photo: U.S. Federal Court via New York Daily News

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Young gamer Nicole Lorenzo Cortez who admitted to smuggling 14 kilos of cocaine into the United States to help her family make ends meet after Hurricane Maria destroyed Puerto Rico, was sentenced to 18 months behind bars last Friday.

Cortez, 20, broke down into tears as she explained to Brooklyn federal court judge Carol Amon that she regretted her behavior and wanted to make her parents “proud,” The New York Daily News reported.

“I wish I could have someone tell me not to do what I did,” the Fortnite player said regarding the trafficking, which only would have made her $4,000. “I regret this so much.”

Defense lawyer Allegre Glashausser indicated that Nicole Lorenzo Cortez had been desperate after the September 2017, hurricane, which left her mother without a job and the young woman not able to find work.

The attorney also added in court documents that her client is considered one of the top competitive female gamers in Puerto Rico.

“A lot of people in Puerto Rico had the same problems that she and her family had, but they didn’t resort to importing 14 kilos of cocaine into the U.S.,” Amon said before ordering the sentence.

Cortez – who plays under the alias EmphyZ – was busted in January, after she arrived at JFK with two pieces of luggage filled with drugs.

Federal authorities captured her because another trafficker, who was caught a month prior, had been carrying a phone that had her information and a picture of her driver’s license.

Glashausser refused to comment on Cortez’s behalf, who was escorted out of the courtroom sobbing and holding hands with her mother.

She’ll remain free on $100,000 bond, until she surrenders to the federal Bureau of Prisons on October 19th.

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