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MARCH 24, 2010

BOSTON, MA - A Springfield, MA man was convicted today in federal court of unlawful firearms dealing, possession of firearms and ammunition by a convicted felon, and possession with intent to distribute and distribution of heroin and cocaine.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; Glenn N. Anderson, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives - Boston Field Division; Colonel Marian J. McGovern, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police; and Commissioner William Fitchet of the Springfield Police Department announced today that ANGEL ORTIZ, 33, of Springfield, MA, pled guilty before U.S. District Judge Michael A. Ponsor to one count of unlawful firearms dealing, four counts of possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon, and nine counts of possession with the intent to distribute and distribution of controlled substances.

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 between September 10, 2009 and October 19, 2009, ORTIZ engaged in a series of sales of firearms, ammunition, and narcotics to an undercover officer working with the Massachusetts State Police. Specifically, on September 10, 2009, ORTIZ sold a Smith & Wesson 9mm pistol, a box of 9mm Luger ammunition and five bags of heroin weighing approximately 0.1 grams; on September 11, 2009, ORTIZ sold 12 bundles of heroin weighing approximately 2.4 grams; on September 15, 2009, ORTIZ sold 28 grams of cocaine powder; on September 17, 2009, ORTIZ sold ten bundles of heroin weighing approximately two grams; on September 18, 2009, ORTIZ sold a loaded Smith & Wesson 9mm pistol; on September 29, 2009, ORTIZ sold two Smith & Wesson .357 caliber firearms and five bundles of heroin weighing approximately one gram; on October 5, 2009, ORTIZ sold 56 grams of powder cocaine; on October 13, 2009, ORTIZ sold 26 grams of powder cocaine; on October 19, 2009, ORTIZ sold 10 bundles of heroin weighing approximately 3.6 grams; lastly, on October 21, 2009, during the execution of search and arrest warrants, ORTIZ was found to have possessed 48 rounds of .22 caliber ammunition and 152 bags of heroin.

Judge Ponsor scheduled sentencing for June 16, 2010. The maximum terms of imprisonment are: five years for the unlawful firearms dealing charge, 10 years for each of the unlawful firearms possession charges, and 30 years for each of the narcotics distribution and possession charges. ORTIZ also a mandatory minimum of six years and a maximum of a life term of supervised release following his imprisonment and a $2 million fine.
The case was investigated by the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Massachusetts State Police and the Springfield Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven H. Breslow of Ortiz’s Springfield Branch Office.

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