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Leader of Violent City Drug Gang Sentenced

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 3, 2012

 

PHILADELPHIA - Alexander Rivera, a/k/a “Reds”, 30, of Philadelphia, was sentenced today
to life in prison, plus an additional 60 months for a drug conspiracy and other related charges in
connection with running the Alexander Rivera Narcotics Distribution Organization (“ARDO”),
announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger. Between February 2006 and September
2010, Rivera ran the ARDO, controlling drug distribution in and around the intersection of Indiana
Avenue and Lawrence Street in North Philadelphia, as well as other areas in Philadelphia. Rivera
obtained cocaine, crack, heroin, and PCP that his co-defendants would then sell on the street. Rivera
was convicted of all charges at trial along with his wife, Ileana Vidal, a/k/a “Diana,” 26, who was
only charged with conspiracy. The indictment also charged 15 co-defendants, who pleaded guilty
to their roles in the operation. Today’s sentence was handed down by U.S. District Court Judge Juan
R. Sanchez.


Rivera and his cohorts engaged in violence to protect and maintain the ARDO’s drug
territory. On September 26, 2006, while engaged in a shootout with a rival drug dealer, Rivera
shot an innocent bystander; on August 14, 2007, co-defendant Daniel Cortez and two others
kidnapped and tortured a person who owed Rivera drug money; and on December 24, 2009,
Rivera and co-defendant Cesar Burgos hired a person to shoot a rival drug dealer.
Rivera was convicted of conspiracy, and other counts charging him with distribution or
possession with intent to distribute cocaine, cocaine base (“crack”), and heroin, and possession
of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.


The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation - Philadelphia Division,
Violent Gang Safe Streets Task Force, and the Philadelphia Police Department. It is being
prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys David Axelrod and Randy Hsia.


UNITED STATES ATTORNEY'S OFFICE, EASTERN DISTRICTof PENNSYLVANIA
Suite 1250, 615 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
PATTY HARTMAN, Media Contact, 215-861-8525

 

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