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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Massachusetts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, February 5, 2021

Chicopee Man Pleads Guilty to Heroin Distribution

BOSTON – A Chicopee man pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court in Springfield to drug distribution charges.

Brett Garcia, 33, pleaded guilty to possessing with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin. U.S. District Court Judge Mark G. Mastroianni scheduled sentencing for May 21, 2021. Garcia was indicted in May 2020.

Garcia possessed with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin on Feb. 28, 2020 in Hampden County. The indictment was the result of an investigation into heroin trafficking in Chicopee.

The charging statute provides for a sentence of at least five years and up to 40 years in prison, at least four years of supervised release and a fine of $2 million. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based on the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Brian D. Boyle, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, New England Field Division; Colonel Christopher Mason, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police; and Chicopee Police Chief William R. Jebb made the announcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney Todd E. Newhouse of Lelling’s Springfield Branch Office is prosecuting the case.

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Drug Trafficking
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Updated February 5, 2021