News Release
For Immediate Release:
October 10, 2008
Contact: Special Agent Tony Pettigrew
Number: 617-557-2138

Springfield Man Pleads Guilty To Drug Charges

OCT 10 -- (Boston, MA) - A Springfield man was convicted today in U.S. District Court of Conspiracy and Distribution of Cocaine.

Kevin L.Lane, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration - Boston Field Division and United States Attorney Michael J. Sullivan, announced today that Alvin Cardona-Lopez, age 27, of 17 Montpelier Street, Springfield, pled guilty before U.S. District Judge Michael A. Ponsor to one count of Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine, Distribution of Cocaine, and Distribution of Cocaine in a School Zone.

At today's plea hearing, the prosecutor told the Court that had the case proceeded to trial the Government's evidence would have proven that in March and April 2006, the defendant agreed with others to buy, sell, and re-sell wholesale quantities of cocaine in the Springfield area. Cardona-Lopez obtained and sold quantities of cocaine ranging from 100 grams to three kilograms to lower-level dealers whereby the cocaine would eventually reach the hands of end users of cocaine.

Judge Ponsor scheduled sentencing for January 5, 2009. CARDONA-LOPEZ faces up to 140 years imprisonment, to be followed by a maximum of a lifetime of supervised release, and a $7 million fine.

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Alex J. Grant of Sullivan's Springfield Branch Office Unit.