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Chatham Man Pleads Guilty to Drug and Gun Charges

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of New York

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Carlos Rivera, age 43, of Chatham, New York, pled guilty on December 13 to possessing and intending to distribute cocaine and to being a felon in possession of a firearm. 

The announcement was made by United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith and Special Agent in Charge Ray Donovan, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, New York Field Division.

Rivera admitted that on September 18, 2018, he possessed, at his residence in Chatham, approximately 480 grams of cocaine that he intended to distribute to others. He also admitted to possessing a Mossberg 535 12-gauge shotgun after having been convicted of a felony in New York.

Rivera faces up to 30 years in prison on the drug charge and up to 10 years in prison on the firearm charge, as well as a term of post-imprisonment supervised release of at least 6 years, and a maximum fine of $2 million, when he is sentenced by Senior United States District Judge Thomas J. McAvoy on May 12, 2020.  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.

This case was investigated by the DEA and the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Troy R. Anderson and Alicia Giglio Suarez.

Updated December 17, 2019

Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses