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Fitchburg Man Sentenced to Seven Years on Federal Drug and Gun Charges

JUL 01 (BOSTON) – A Fitchburg man was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Worcester for selling heroin to a cooperating witness and being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. 

Miguel Rivera, 31, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Timothy S. Hillman to seven years in prison and four years of supervised release.  In March 2015, Rivera pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute heroin, distribution of heroin, and being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. 

Between May 2012 and October 2013, Rivera conspired with another individual to sell 100 grams of heroin to a cooperating witness, and on Sept. 5 and Oct. 4, 2013, Rivera sold heroin to the cooperating witness.  In addition, on Nov. 13, 2012, Rivera, having previously been convicted of a felony, illegally possessed a firearm and ammunition. 

The charge of conspiracy and distribution of heroin provides for a minimum mandatory sentence of five years and no greater than 40 years in prison, a minimum of four years and up to a lifetime of supervised release, and a fine of $5 million.  The charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition provides for a sentence of no greater than 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine of $250,000. 

Michael J. Ferguson Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England and United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; Daniel J. Kumor, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives and Fitchburg Police Chief Ernest Martineau, made the announcement

in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations.


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