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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, February 23, 2015

Springfield Man Pleads Guilty to Heroin and Cocaine Distribution

BOSTON – Alberto Correa-Martinez, 26, of Springfield, pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute cocaine, distribution of heroin, and three counts of distribution of cocaine.  U.S. District Judge Timothy S. Hillman scheduled sentencing for June 17, 2015.

On July 23, 2013, Correa-Martinez sold heroin and cocaine to an undercover federal agent.  A week later, on July 31, 2013, Correa-Martinez sold cocaine to the same agent.  Then on August 6, 2013, Correa-Martinez, along with a co-conspirator, met the agent on Main Street in Springfield, just yards from the state courthouse, to sell him cocaine once again.  The drug purchases were captured on video.

The charging statutes each provide a sentence of no greater than 20 years in prison, a period of supervised release, and a fine of $1 million.  Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties.  Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and Daniel J. Kumor, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, Boston Field Division, made the announcement today.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Deepika Bains Shukla of Ortiz’s Springfield Branch Office.

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Updated February 23, 2015