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Rolling 30s Crips Gang Member Sentenced To Prison For Gun And Drug Offenses

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

Orlando, Florida – U.S. District Judge Roy B. Dalton, Jr. today sentenced Jose Ramon Rivera (23, Orlando) to 10 years and 11 months in federal prison for distributing heroin and methamphetamine, possessing firearms as a convicted felon, and carrying a firearm during a drug-trafficking crime. Rivera pleaded guilty on July 12, 2018.

According to court documents and testimony at sentencing, Rivera is a member of the Rolling 30s Crips gang, which has been linked to several homicides in the Orlando area. Within weeks of his release from state prison, Rivera sold heroin, methamphetamine, and a firearm to a confidential informant who was acting at the direction of law enforcement. A few days later, Rivera sold the informant an assault-style rifle and additional heroin and methamphetamine.

This case was investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, the U.S. Marshals Service, the Clermont Police Department, the Longwood Police Department, the Winter Garden Police Department, and the Winter Park Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Embry J. Kidd.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that has been successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. In October 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the reinvigoration of PSN and directed all U.S. Attorneys’ Offices to develop districtwide crime reduction strategies, incorporating the lessons learned since the program’s inception in 2001.  In the Middle District of Florida, U.S. Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez coordinates PSN efforts in cooperation with various federal, state, and local law enforcement officials.

Updated October 1, 2018

Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
Project Safe Neighborhoods