Springfield Man Sentenced for Crack Cocaine Distribution
BOSTON – A Springfield man was sentenced today in federal court in Springfield for distributing crack cocaine.
Andrew Cruz, 26, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Mark G. Mastroianni to three years in prison and three years of supervised release. On June 15, 2016, Cruz pleaded guilty to distribution and possession with intent to distribute cocaine base. He has been in custody since his arrest.
Cruz sold a cooperating witness cocaine base, also known as crack, on two occasions in July 2015.
Cruz is currently in custody on firearms and drug offenses charged in the District of Vermont. He faces two five-year mandatory minimum sentences, to be imposed consecutively, for distributing more than 28 grams of cocaine base, cocaine, and oxycodone – while possessing a 9mm Beretta handgun – and distributing heroin and cocaine base on two more occasions. The sentence imposed today will be served concurrent to whatever sentence is imposed in the pending cases in the District of Vermont.
United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Harold H. Shaw, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division; Colonel Kerry A. Gilpin, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police; Springfield Police Commissioner John Barbieri; and Holyoke Police Chief James M. Neiswanger made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Todd Newhouse of Lelling’s Springfield Branch Office prosecuted the case.