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Springfield Man Sentenced for Federal Drug and Firearms Offenses

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

BOSTON – A Springfield man was sentenced today in federal court in Springfield for distributing cocaine and crack cocaine and for selling firearms and ammunition to a convicted felon.

Eric Vale, 35, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Mark G. Mastroianni to 10 years in prison and five years of supervised release. In January 2017, Vale pleaded guilty to three counts of selling a firearm to a convicted felon and three counts of drug distribution.

On Aug. 27, 2013, Vale sold a Davis Industries .380 caliber pistol and four rounds of .380 caliber ammunition to a convicted felon.  On Sept. 5, 2013, Vale sold 50 rounds of .380 caliber ammunition to the same individual, and on Jan. 30, 2015, Vale again sold the same individual a FEG 9mm pistol and four rounds of 9mm ammunition. In addition, Vale distributed crack cocaine on Aug. 26, 2013, and Sept. 5, 2013, and distributed cocaine on March 3, 2015, all in Springfield.

Acting United States Attorney William D. Weinreb and Mickey D. Leadingham, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, Boston Field Division, made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Katharine A. Wagner of Weinreb’s Springfield Branch Office prosecuted the case.

Updated May 23, 2017

Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses