News Release
January 18, 2006

Former Springfield Woman Sentenced For
Drug Distribution Conspiracy

Springfield, MA... A former Springfield woman, who now resides in Chicopee, was sentenced today in federal court for her role in a large-scale conspiracy to distribute cocaine, crack cocaine and heroin.

June W. Stansbury, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in New England and United States Attorney Michael J. Sullivan, announced today that BEATRIZ RODRIGUEZ FEBUS, age 40, most recently of 35 Robinson Drive, Chicopee, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Michael A. Ponsor to 5 years’ imprisonment, to be followed by 4 years of supervised release. RODRIGUEZ FEBUS, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine on September 14, 2005.

At the earlier plea hearing, the prosecutor told the Court that, had the case proceeded to trial, the evidence would have proven that RODRIGUEZ FEBUS, who also used the street name “Betty,” distributed crack cocaine to customers who visited the busy crack house on Cedar Street in Springfield where she worked for at least six months between the summer of 2002 and February, 2003. Based on the quantity of drugs involved in her offense, RODRIGUEZ FEBUS faced a 5 year minimum mandatory sentence.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and members of its Drug Task Force.