Bronx Man Pleads Guilty to Heroin Trafficking in Columbia County
ALBANY, NEW YORK – Saul E. Pacheco, age 38, of the Bronx, New York, pled guilty today to conspiring with another person to distribute more than 100 grams of heroin in Columbia County.
The announcement was made by United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith; Special Agent in Charge Ray Donovan, New York Division, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA); and Columbia County Sheriff David P. Bartlett.
In pleading guilty, Pacheco admitted to supplying heroin to Timothy J. Simpson Jr., a Columbia County drug dealer, from at least April 2017 through March 2018. Pacheco was arrested on April 4, 2018, while attempting to meet Simpson in the parking lot of a casino in Yonkers, Westchester County. In the parking lot, DEA Special Agents located a plastic bag containing approximately 68 grams of heroin, which Pacheco had discarded once he noticed agents approaching him.
Pacheco, who is in custody, faces at least 5 years and up to 40 years in prison, as well as a term of post-imprisonment supervised release of at least 4 years and up to life, when he is sentenced on September 16, 2019 by Senior United States District Judge Thomas J. McAvoy. A defendant’s sentence is imposed by a judge based on the particular statute the defendant is charged with violating, the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other factors.
Simpson has pled guilty to drug conspiracy and possession charges, and is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge McAvoy on June 19, 2019.
This case was investigated by the DEA and the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Barnett.
Pacheco has also pled guilty to an unrelated charge of conspiring to distribute more than 40 grams of fentanyl, in a case investigated by the DEA and prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. Pacheco faces at least 5 years in prison in that case as well.