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Holyoke Man Pleads Guilty To Crack Cocaine Offense

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts

BOSTON – A Holyoke man pleaded guilty today in federal court in Springfield to distributing crack cocaine.

Pedro Colon Amadeo, 36, pleaded guilty to distribution and possession with intent to distribute cocaine base, also known as crack cocaine. U.S. District Court Judge Mark G. Mastroianni scheduled sentencing for Sept. 4, 2019.

Colon Amadeo distributed drugs in Holyoke between November 2017 and January 2018. His arrest was the result of a seven month law enforcement investigation into cocaine and heroin trafficking in Holyoke by members of La Familia gang.

Colon Amadeo faces up to 40 years in prison, up to a lifetime of supervised release, and a fine of up to $1 million. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors. 

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division; Colonel Kerry A. Gilpin, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police; and Holyoke Police Chief James M. Neiswanger made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Todd E. Newhouse of Lelling’s Springfield Office is prosecuting the case.

Updated May 28, 2019

Drug Trafficking