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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Holyoke Man Sentenced to 11 Years in Prison for Distributing Heroin

BOSTON – A Holyoke man was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Springfield for distributing heroin at a strip mall in Holyoke and outside a bank in Springfield. 

Luzander Montoya, 29, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Timothy S. Hillman to 11 years in prison and four years of supervised release.  In April 2015, Montoya was convicted following a four-day jury trial of possession with intent to distribute and distribution of heroin on three separate occasions in 2012. 

Montoya was caught on video selling heroin three times to a cooperating witness in August and September 2012.  During the third deal, Montoya exchanged 200 bags of heroin for $750 in cash.  Montoya did the deal in his car as his young child sat in a car seat behind him.

U.S. Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and Vincent B. Lisi, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division, made the announcement today.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Deepika Bains Shukla and Kevin O’Regan of Ortiz’s Springfield Branch Office.

Drug Trafficking
Updated August 26, 2015