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February 04, 2015
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Number: 954-660-4602

California Source of Crystal Meth Sentenced to Federal Prison

FEB 04 (PENSACOLA, Fla.) – A.D. Wright, Acting Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Miami Field Division, and Pamela C. Marsh, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, announced that Javier E. Rivas (35, San Francisco, CA), was sentenced today for conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine.  Senior United States District Judge Roger Vinson sentenced Rivas to 25 years’ imprisonment and 10 years of supervision upon release.  Between January and October 2013, Rivas furnished multi-ounce quantities of high purity methamphetamine, known as “ice” and “crystal meth,” to a California drug supplier, who, in turn, mailed the drugs to local distributors in the Pensacola area.  In September 2014, Rivas pleaded guilty to a one-count indictment charging him with conspiracy.

Rivas is the sixth defendant charged and convicted as part of a continuing investigation into the large-scale importation of crystal methamphetamine from Mexico to Northern California and Pensacola, Florida.  Local members of the organization include Bryan Gaston, Mark Jergenson, Victor Pinckard, and William Thomas.  All of the defendants have been sentenced to federal prison.

This investigation was conducted by the DEA Pensacola Resident Office, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office, the Pensacola Police Department, and the State Attorney’s Office for the 1st Judicial Circuit.  This joint investigation led to the indictments in this case.


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