News Release
For Immediate Release:
October 24, 2008
Contact: Special Agent Tony Pettigrew
Number: 617-557-2138

Man Pleads Guilty in Boston Cocaine Trafficking Case

OCT 24 -- BOSTON, MA - A Boston man pled guilty yesterday in federal court for conspiring to distribute more than 5 kilograms of cocaine in 2004.

Steven W. Derr Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration - Boston Field Division, United States Attorney Michael J. Sullivan and that RAFAEL HEREDIA, age 59, formerly of Hyde Park, pled guilty before U.S. District Judge George A. O’Toole, who scheduled a sentencing hearing for January 20, 2009. HEREDIA faces a likely sentence of 15 years’ imprisonment.

At the plea hearing, the prosecutor told the Court that had the case proceeded to trial the Government’s evidence would have included the testimony of a co-defendant, several drug seizures, and voluminous conversations recorded pursuant to court authorized wire taps that would have proven that from April to October of 2004, the defendant worked for a cocaine trafficking organization led by Manuel Pinales in the Hyde Park section of Boston. Among other things, HEREDIA delivered kilograms to customers on September 27 and September 29, 2004 that were later seized by police. On October 8, 2004, agents executed a search warrant at HEREDIA’s residence at 115 Navarre Street, 2 nd floor and seized more than 53 kilograms of cocaine.

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration.