A Homestead man who was dealing pills, most of which were found to be fakes, will serve a year in prison, U.S. District Judge Alan N. Bloch decided Wednesday.
Vernon Dominguez, 27, will also be on federal probation for three years after his release, Judge Bloch ruled. He pleaded guilty to possession, and intent to sell, a stimulant called benzylpiperazine, or BZP.
He was initially identified by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration as a major ecstasy dealer, but of the 1,800 pills confiscated from him just four were BZP and none were ecstasy.
Federal prosecutors still sought a substantial sentence because he had a gun but Judge Bloch denied their request for a prison term longer than that recommended by the U.S. Sentencing Commission.
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