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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Fitchburg Man Sentenced to Seven Years on Federal Drug and Gun Charges

BOSTON – A Fitchburg man was sentenced yesterday in U.S. District Court in Worcester for selling heroin to a cooperating witness and being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Miguel Rivera, 31, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Timothy S. Hillman to seven years in prison and four years of supervised release.  In March 2015, Rivera pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute heroin, distribution of heroin, and being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Between May 2012 and October 2013, Rivera conspired with another individual to sell one hundred grams of heroin to a cooperating witness, and on Sept. 5 and Oct. 4, 2013, Rivera sold heroin to the cooperating witness.  In addition, on Nov. 13, 2012, Rivera, having previously been convicted of a felony, illegally possessed a firearm and ammunition.

The charge of conspiracy and distribution of heroin provides for a minimum mandatory sentence of five years and no greater than 40 years in prison, a minimum of four years and up to a lifetime of supervised release, and a fine of $5 million.  The charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition provides for a sentence of no greater than 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine of $250,000.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; Daniel J. Kumor, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, Boston Field Division; Michael J. Ferguson, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Boston Field Division; and Fitchburg Police Chief Ernest Martineau, made the announcement.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle Dineen Jerrett of Ortiz’s Worcester Branch Office.

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Updated July 1, 2015