New York Men Indicted on Federal Narcotics Charges
APR 24-- June W. Stansbury, Special Agent in Charge of The Drug Enforcement Administration in New England and Kevin J. O’Connor, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that a federal grand jury sitting in Bridgeport has returned a one-count Indictment charging JUAN GARCIA, age 31, of 500 West 134th Street, Bronx, New York, and EDWARD RIVAS, age 23, of 508 West 134th Street, Bronx, New York, with conspiracy to distribute cocaine base (“crack cocaine” and cocaine). The Indictment was returned on April 19.
GARCIA and RIVAS were arrested by federal agents on July 27, 2006, in the Bronx. According to documents filed with the Court and statements made in court, shortly before their arrest, the defendants were observed providing significant quantities of narcotics to a third individual, who was also arrested. Federal agents seized approximately 500 grams of crack cocaine and 500 grams of cocaine at the time of the arrests.
If convicted, GARCIA and RIVAS face a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 10 years and a maximum term of life.
U.S. Attorney O’Connor stressed that an indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. The defendants are entitled to a fair trial at which it is the Government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
This case is being investigated by Special Agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.