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Springfield Man Sentenced for Heroin Distribution

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

BOSTON – A Springfield man was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Springfield for distributing heroin.

Luis Oppenheimer, 30, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Mark G. Mastroianni to 66 months in prison and three years of supervised release. In May 2015, Oppenheimer pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute heroin, and one count of possession with intent to distribute and distribution of heroin.

On Oct. 6, 2013, Oppenheimer sold heroin to an undercover federal agent in Springfield, which was captured on video. In addition, Oppenheimer admitted that, during the transaction, he accepted $400 in cash in exchange for drugs after his co-conspirator, Jose Vargas, handed heroin to the undercover agent.

Vargas, pleaded guilty to the same crimes on March 31, 2015, and was sentenced to one year of probation.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling 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 Deepika Bains Shukla of Lelling’s Springfield Branch Office prosecuted the case.

Updated March 1, 2018

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