Superseding Indictment Adds 13 Defendants to Fentanyl Distribution Conspiracy Spanning From California to D.C.
WASHINGTON - A criminal complaint, unsealed today, charges Raul Rivero, a/k/a Guillermo Raul DeRivero, 54, of Arlington, Virginia, and Dusan Dimic, 40, of Reston, Virginia, with possession with intent to distribute cocaine and conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, announced U.S. Attorney Matthew M. Graves, Special Agent in Charge Jarod Forget, of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Washington Division, and Acting Chief Pamela Smith, of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).
When DEA Agents arrested Rivero and Dimic last night, they also confiscated a total of 573 grams of cocaine, 90 grams of methamphetamine pills, and more than $4,400 in cash. Search warrants that were subsequently executed at residences affiliated with the defendants resulted in the seizure of approximately 3 kilograms of cocaine and more than $100,000 cash.
According to court documents, between August 18, 2022, and August 10, 2023, through undercover controlled purchases, DEA agents made 14 controlled buys totaling approximately 367 grams of cocaine from Rivero in Washington, D.C. The drugs were allegedly delivered as part of a delivery service in the Northwest quadrant of Washington, D.C., using various cars, including rental cars and rideshare services.
If convicted, the defendants face a maximum statutory sentence of 20 years, each, for conspiracy and distribution of cocaine. The maximum statutory sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes. A defendant’s sentence will be determined by the court based on the advisory U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
This case is being investigated by the DEA’s Washington Division and the MPD. It is being prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah J. Rasalam and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Christopher Marin and David Henek, of the Violence Reduction and Trafficking Offenses section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia.
A criminal complaint is merely an allegation, and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.