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Worcester Man Sentenced for Cocaine Distribution

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

BOSTON – A Worcester man was sentenced today for distributing nearly one kilogram of cocaine.

Julio Rivera, 47, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Timothy S. Hillman to five years in prison and four years of supervised release. On Sept. 2, 2021, Rivera was convicted by a federal jury of distribution and possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine.

In October 2018, a federal investigation into co-conspirator Melvin Burgos intercepted numerous communications between Burgos and co-conspirator William Torres arranging to obtain one kilogram of cocaine from Rivera. On Nov. 1, 2018, Rivera led Burgos to his storage unit in Worcester where he distributed 900 grams of cocaine to Burgos. Agents subsequently stopped both Rivera and Burgos and a search of Rivera’s vehicle recovered the phone he used to communicate with Torres and Burgos, which he had attempted to destroy. A search of Burgos’ vehicle resulted in the seizure of the 900 grams of cocaine.

Torres and Burgos each pleaded guilty to their role in the conspiracy. On Feb. 26, 2021, Torres was sentenced to five years in prison and four years of supervised release. Burgos is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 5, 2022.

Acting United States Attorney Nathaniel Mendell; Brian D. Boyle, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, New England Division; and Colonel Christopher Mason, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorneys John T. Mulcahy and Mackenzie A. Queenin of Mendell’s Criminal Division prosecuted the case.

Updated December 16, 2021

Drug Trafficking