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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, May 4, 2015

Springfield Man Pleads Guilty to Heroin Distribution

BOSTON – Luis Oppenheimer, 27, of Springfield, pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute heroin, and possession with intent to distribute and distribution of heroin.  U.S. District Judge Mark G. Mastroianni scheduled sentencing for August 20, 2015.

On Oct. 6, 2013, Oppenheimer sold heroin to an undercover federal agent in Springfield.  He also admitted that, during the transaction, he accepted $400 in exchange for drugs after his co-conspirator handed heroin to the undercover agent.  Oppenheimer’s co-conspirator, Jose Vargas, pleaded guilty to the same charges in March 2015.  The drug purchase was captured on video. 

The charge of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin provides a sentence of no greater than 20 years in prison, 3-5 years supervised release, and a fine of $1 million.  The charge of distribution of heroin provides a sentence of no greater than 20 years in prison, 3-5 years 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 May 5, 2015